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Heavy rain in Balkans causes flooding, killing 6 people


Torrential rains in the Balkans over the past two days led to floods that killed at least six people, prompted widespread evacuations and caused significant damage, authorities said Monday.

One of the most impacted areas was in northwestern Albania, where thousands of acres of agricultural land and hundreds of homes were flooded. Authorities evacuated scores of families amid power outages.

Early Monday, police divers found the bodies of two missing men, a father and son whose car was washed away Sunday in the village of Boge, some 90 miles north of the capital Tirana.

Swollen rivers in Montenegro and parts of Serbia claimed four lives over the weekend. A woman and her two children drowned in Montenegro when their car plunged into a river as it was going over a bridge. In southern Serbia, a 2-year-old boy drowned after falling into a river.

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Authorities in the southern Serbian region of Raska proclaimed a state of emergency because of the heavy flooding and the army was deployed to help the local population with evacuations and deliveries of drinking water and food.

Torrential rain of up to 14 inches in 12 hours on Sunday caused the Drini River, the longest in Albania, to overflow its banks by at least 4 inches, according to the authorities.

At least 7,500 acres of agricultural land was flooded in Shkoder and Lezhe districts, some 60 miles northwest of Tirana.

A policeman looks over a flooded area near Shkoder town, northwestern Albania, on Nov. 21, 2022.

A policeman looks over a flooded area near Shkoder town, northwestern Albania, on Nov. 21, 2022.

Hundreds of army troops were sent to evacuate families after more than 600 homes were flooded.

“Shkoder is at the moment isolated from the rest of the country,” said Mayor Bardh Spahia.

Farmers, who have repeatedly suffered from floods in the post-communist era, voiced despair at their losses, which included livestock, and asked the government to help.

“We need government assistance because damage from flooding is very, very grave,” said Lina Zefi, 60, in Kuc village, less than 6 miles from Shkoder.

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The historic 18th century Lead Mosque in Shkoder was also under water — after suffering damage from past floods.

Flooding also affected areas in western Kosovo, causing some damage to buildings and school closures but no reported casualties.



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