Evacuations in flood-hit Albania, Bosnia

Floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people in Bosnia and Albania as for the past four days, the Balkans have coped with the worst floods in a century.

Evacuations in flood-hit Albania, Bosnia

Floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people in Bosnia and Albania as for the past four days, the Balkans have coped with the worst floods in a century.

In northern Albania, more than 11,000 people were evacuated after a week of torrential rains in the region turned roads into raging torrents of water and left some 14,000 hectares of farmland under water.

Turkey sent three helicopters and Greece two.

In Bosnia, the army, police, volunteers and divers helped evacuate people about 2,000 people from their homes in the northeastern town of Bijeljina that was flooded overnight. Rescuers also used boats to deliver food and drinking water to suburbs that had lost electricity, drinking water and phone lines.

Several rivers in the Balkans have burst their banks because of the heavy rainfall.

The overflowing Drina river, which separates Bosnia from Serbia and Montenegro, has forced authorities in all three countries to evacuate thousands of people.

On Saturday, Montenegro sent a helicopter to evacuate a four-member family from their house on the Bosnian side that had been flooded for four days, said the SRNA news agency.

In Albania, south of Bosnia, authorities asked NATO member countries for assistance in rescuing people from flooded areas and delivering food and other supplies to them.

Kosovo sent an army unit specializing in emergencies to help thousands of Albanian police officers and soldiers who have evacuated more than 11,000 people from flooded areas of the Shkodra district, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Tirana, Albania's capital.

Albania's government also declared the state of emergency in the Lezha and Durres districts, south of Shkodra and west of Tirana.


Agencies

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