Massive flooding and heavy rains have caused an emergency situation in southern Albania, by causing Vjosa, Osumi, Semani and Shkumbini rivers overflow, a phenomenon that turned city and village roads into rivers.
The emergency situation has been announced by state institutions and Ministers of Agriculture and Internal Affairs, which appealed for the evacuation of thousand of local residents and livestock. Heavy rains continued for more than two days and have flooded many agricultural lands and locals’ houses. The most touched areas are in Novosele village (Vlore city), Ura Vajgurore (Berat) and some rural areas of Fier county.
Electrical energy disrupted in many southern localities due to the thunderstorms and breakdowns in electrical substations. State Police appealed to all citizens to avoid travelling by the flooded areas for at least one week. However, Albanian Authority of Roads declared lately that national roads can be crossed by vehicles.
Prime Minister Rama considered the heavy situation as a challenge with the bad weather but ensured the public that all state institutions are on full alert about the current situation in southern flooded areas. He announced on February 1st an inspection of the most damaged zones along with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Sajmir Tahiri on February 2.
News source/photo credits: ATA