Albania – Families Evacuated After Floods in North

The government in Albania reported on 10 January 2021 that flooding had affected wide areas in the north of the country after heavy rain that began on 06 January.

Floods destroyed a bridge in Lezhë, Albania, January 2021. Photo: MoD Albania

According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), flooding from the Drin River in Lezhë County prompted 28 families to evacuated their homes. Around 2,850 hectares of land in is under water. Heavy rain also triggered landslides, damaging 6 buildings in the city of Lezhë and 2 in Mirdita. Around 1,500 residents have been left isolated after flooding destroyed the Kalivaç bridge. MoD said 600 food packages were distributed in Lezhë, Kurbin and Mirdita.

In Durrës County, 8 families were evacuated after flooding damaged homes and buildings. Over 500 hectares of land is under water, as of 10 January 2021. Three hundred food packages have distributed in Durrës, Krujë and Shijak.

Meanwhile around 4,080 hectares of land is under water in Shkodër County. On 08 January, MoD reported that 75 residents of Ana e Malit were evacuated. Landslides were also reported in the county, causing damage to homes in Pukë district.

Severe flooding was also reported in parts of neighbouring Kosovo, in particular in the city of Gjakova. Heavy rains also caused a landslide blocking a highway connecting Kosovo with Albania.