Albania, Montenegro and Serbia – Floods Force Hundreds to Evacuate, 2 Dead in Albania

Two days of heavy rain has caused rivers to rise in Albania  with flooding and landslides reported in several parts of the country. Areas of Tirana, the country’s capital, have recorded over 100 mm of rain in 24 hours.

Flooding has also been reported in Serbia and Montenegro, where around 400 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Albania

Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri confirmed on Tuesday that two people are thought to have died as a result of the floods.

One of the fatalities occurred in the village of Plan, Dibër county, where the victim attempted to cross a river by car. The other fatality occurred when the victim fell into the swollen Tirana River in Tirana. A third death has also been reported, thought to be a result of storm damage and strong winds.

Emergency services in Albania have received as many as 7,000 calls. Around 3,500 police, military, civil protection and fire service personnel have been drafted in to carry out flood rescues and evacuations.

At least 80 families have been evacuated from their homes in Tirana county as a result of flooding. Some roads were under flood water up to 50 cm deep. Several roads have been closed, including the Tirana-Durres highway.

A family was evacuated by helicopter after the Mat river overflowed in Dibër county. Around 30 other families have also been evacuated throughout the county. Other evacuations have been carried out in Durres county, where 3 families were evacuated from their homes in Fushë-Krujë after the Black River overflowed.

In Lezhë county the Zme river has also overflowed, flooding parts of the town of Rrëshen.

In Kukës county, landslides have blocked roads in several places. The overflowing river Bushtricë has caused a bridge to collapse near Ujmisht village.

Floods in Tirana, Albania, November 2016. Photo: Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme
Floods in Tirana, Albania, November 2016. Photo: Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme
Floods in Tirana, Albania, November 2016. Photo: Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme
Floods in Tirana, Albania, November 2016. Photo: Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme

Warnings

On 06 November, Albania’s Meteorological Institute issued warnings for heavy rain that could lead to overflowing rivers, flooding and landslides from around midday 07 November. The situation was expected to worsen by 08 November, particularly for Shkodër, Kukës, Dibër, Lezhë, Tiranë, Durrës, Elbasan, Fier, Vlorë and Gjirokastër.

The Interior Ministry (Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme – MPB) ordered the establishment of several “Emergency Headquarters” across the country in response to the warnings ordered police, emergency and technical response teams to be on full alert. MPB also ordered all mayors and local representatives to take necessary precautions, and advised people in affected areas to keep unnecessary movements to a minimum, in particular unaccompanied children. Schools and colleges have been closed as a precaution.

Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said on Tuesday that, although the situation is difficult due to the severe weather conditions, all institutions are in complete readiness to take any action to ensure the safety of the people in all parts of the country.

Serbia and Montenegro

Heavy rain has also fallen in parts of Montenegro and Serbia.

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) reports that the municiplaities of Berane, Rožaje and Petnjica have been affected in Montenegro. Berane is the worst hit, with almost 400 people evacuated from their homes. ECHO added that in Rožaje and Petnjica, the rivers Ibar and Popca respectively overflowed but the situation remains stable.

In Serbia, flooding has been reported in Sjenica, Novi Pazar, and Prokuplje, after rivers overflowed there. Local media say that the situation in Prokuplje is most severe, after the Toplica river caused severe flooding.

Rainfall

WMO figures for 24 Hour period, 07 to 08 November 2016

Albania

  • Gjirokastra – 108 mm
  • Shkodra – 68 mm

Serbia

  • Kopaonik 67.5 mm
  • Krusevac 56 mm
  • Nis – 62 mm
  • Sjenica – 50.8 mm

Montenegro

  • Tivat – 56 mm
  • Podgorica-Grad – 54 mm
  • Bar – 55 mm
  • Niksic – 72 mm
  • Podgorica/Golubovci – 68 mm

WMO figures for 24 Hour period, 08 to 09 November 2016

Albania

  • Tirana La Praka – 104 mm
  • Kukes – 58.1 mm

Serbia

  • Leskovac – 67.6 mm
  • Vranje – 69.5 mm
  • Leskovac – 67.6 mm
  • Vranj – 69.5 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 10, 2016
Event
Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, November 2016
Date
November 7, 2016
Type
Flash flood, Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Tirana (Albania)
B - Dibër (Albania)
C - Fushë-Krujë (Albania)
D - Rrëshen (Albania)
E - Ujmisht (Albania)
F - Berane (Montenegro)
G - Rožaje (Montenegro)
H - Petnjica (Montenegro)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
104 mm in 24 hours
Tirana La Praka, Albania - November 8 to November 9, 2016
Rainfall level
108 mm in 24 hours
Gjirokastra - November 7 to November 8, 2016
Rainfall level
72 mm in 24 hours
Niksic, Montenegro - November 7 to November 8, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
400 people
Berane, Montenegro - November 7 to November 9, 2016
Fatalities
2 people
Albania - November 8 to November 9, 2016
Evacuated
600 people
Albania - November 7 to November 9, 2016