Albania – Evacuations and Rescues After Torrential Rain Causes Flooding

Torrential rain in Albania has caused flooding in central areas of the country, prompting dozens of families to evacuate their homes.

So far evacuations have been carried out in Marikaj and Laknas in Tirana County, Fushë-Krujë in Durrës County and also in Bardhaj, Shkodër County, where the Kir river has overflowed.

Local media are reporting that a man died after he was electrocuted in flood water. Roads have been blocked, flights cancelled and schools closed. Over 70,000 homes have been left without electricity.

Emergency services have evacuated 200 people after they were trapped inside a flooded shopping centre in Kashar, Tirana County.

Warnings

Some areas have recorded around 150 mm of rain in the last 24 hours. Heavy rain has also been reported elsewhere in the region, including in Macedonia, Croatia and Montenegro.

More heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for Albania over the coming days and the country’s Ministry of Interior has called on people to avoid unnecessary travel and to heed all flood warnings.

The Ministry of Interior said that all authorities – civil defence, emergency services, police and military – are working to manage the situation on the ground and require the understanding of the citizens and their cooperation.

Floods in Albania, December 2017. Photo: Ministry of Interior, Albania

Flood Summary

Last updated: December 6, 2017
Event
Albania, November to December 2017
Date
November 30, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Kashar
B - Marikaj
C - Laknas
D - Fushë-Krujë
E - Bardhaj

Magnitude

Rainfall level
63.1 mm in 24 hours
Shkodra - November 30 to December 1, 2017
Rainfall level
126 mm in 24 hours
Kukes - November 30 to December 1, 2017
Rainfall level
121 mm in 24 hours
Tirana-la Praka - November 30 to December 1, 2017
Rainfall level
146 mm in 24 hours
Gjirokastra - November 30 to December 1, 2017
Rainfall level
61 mm in 24 hours
Peshkopi - November 30 to December 1, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Tirana - November 30 to December 1, 2017
Local media report a man was electrocuted in flood water in Tirana
Evacuated
4000 people
Albania - November 30 to December 4, 2017
Estimated figure. Ministry of Interior reported 716 families evacuated, as of 04 December.
Rescued
1,552
Albania - December 1 to December 1, 2017
100 people were rescued from a flooded shopping centre in Kashar, Tirana County
Damaged buildings
4,715
Albania - December 1 to December 6, 2017
Damaged bridges
78 bridges
December 1 to December 6, 2017

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