EU Experts Assess Flood Damage in Macedonia

As announced earlier this month, the EU sent a team of civil protection experts to help with damage assessment and disaster recovery in areas of Macedonia hit by flash floods earlier this month that left 6 people dead.

EU technical experts visited Macedonia between 13 and 26 August 2015, coordinated by the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre.

Mudslides engulfed local roads and cut off a number of mountain villages. In Tetovo, the river burst and mud enter houses and the public hospital. Cleaning operations with heavy machinery has been carried out along the river banks in Tetovo.

The EU expert team conducted an aerial assessment of the flood-affected Tetovo region, and carried out assessments of infrastructure, including roads and bridges, damaged during the heavy rain and floods that hit Tetovo. They also inspected cracks that appeared in the Shipkovica surrounding slopes following the heavy rain and floods in Tetovo province.

Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Tamas Mader
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Tamas Mader
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Alfonso Lozano Basanta
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Tamas Mader
Photo credits: EU/ECHO/Tamas Mader

In addition to the deployment of EU experts, the European Commission has also been providing Copernicus satellite imagery to the Macedonian emergency services. Thanks to satellite images like this one, they can determine the extent of the damages and assess where their help is most needed.

Photo credits: The Copernicus Emergency Management Service-Mapping
Photo credits: The Copernicus Emergency Management Service-Mapping.  See the full version here