Sunday, December 5, 2010

Albania 'hit by worst floods in living memory'

Aerial view of the flooded streets of Shkoder (5 December 2010)More than 12,000 people have now been moved from their homes in north-western Albania following days of heavy rain.

Interior Minister Lulzim Basha told the BBC that the country was experiencing its worst flooding in living memory.

He said the situation around the town of Shkoder was "critical", with 14,000 hectares (34,595 acres) under water.

Other Balkan countries have also been badly hit, with three people killed after their home collapsed following a landside in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.

Meteorologists say the torrential rains of recent days have now eased. ...

The River Drina, which had risen to its highest level in over a century, has begun to recede, but the Bosnian authorities say houses are still underwater in the east of the country. ...

via BBC News - Albania 'hit by worst floods in living memory'.

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