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Heavy rains within the Balkans trigger flooding, killing 6 individuals

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SHKODER, Albania — Torrential rains within the Balkans over the previous two days led to floods that killed a minimum of six individuals, prompted widespread evacuations and brought about important harm, authorities mentioned Monday.

One of essentially the most impacted areas was in northwestern Albania, the place hundreds of acres of agricultural land and a whole lot of houses have been flooded. Authorities evacuated scores of households amid energy outages.

Early Monday, police divers discovered the our bodies of two lacking males, a father and son whose automobile was washed away Sunday within the village of Boge, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the capital Tirana.

Swollen rivers in Montenegro and elements of Serbia claimed 4 lives over the weekend. A lady and her two youngsters drowned in Montenegro when their automobile plunged right into a river because it was going over a bridge. In southern Serbia, a 2-year-old boy drowned after falling right into a river.

Authorities within the southern Serbian area of Raska proclaimed a state of emergency due to the heavy flooding and the military was deployed to assist the native inhabitants with evacuations and deliveries of ingesting water and meals.

Torrential rain of as much as 400 millimeters (14 inches) in 12 hours on Sunday brought about the Drini River, the longest in Albania, to overflow its banks by a minimum of 10 centimeters (4 inches), in line with the authorities.

At least 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) of agricultural land was flooded in Shkoder and Lezhe districts, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Tirana.

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Hundreds of military troops have been despatched to evacuate households after greater than 600 houses have been flooded.

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

Farmers, who’ve repeatedly suffered from floods within the post-communist period, voiced despair at their losses, which included livestock, and requested the federal government to assist.

“We need government assistance because damage from flooding is very, very grave,” mentioned Lina Zefi, 60, in Kuc village, lower than 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Shkoder.

The historic 18th century Lead Mosque in Shkoder was additionally beneath water — after struggling harm from previous floods.

Flooding additionally affected areas in western Kosovo, inflicting some harm to buildings and faculty closures however no reported casualties.

Semini reported from Tirana; Dusan Stojanovic contributed from Belgrade, Serbia.

Follow Llazar Semini at https://twitter.com/lsemini

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