Floods affect northwest Albania

2010-01-10 08:46 BJT

Authorities in Albania say more than two thousand properties have been flooded and five thousand people have had to leave their homes.

It was caused by a combination of rainfall and melting snow in the country's northwestern Shkodra district.

The flooding, 120 kilometers north of the capital Tirana, is the worst in almost half a century. It could get even worse in the next few days due to predicted further bad weather.

Some ten thousand hectares are under water. It was caused by discharge from three hydro-power stations on the Drini River which produce most of Albania's energy.

They reached their peak levels following heavy rainfall. European countries have sent emergency aid to the region. No casualties have been reported.

Cars drive through a flooded street in Bacallek near the city of Shkoder some 100 km (62 miles) north of capital Tirana January 9, 2010. REUTERS/Arben Celi
Cars drive through a flooded street in Bacallek near the city of
Shkoder some 100 km (62 miles) north of capital Tirana January
9, 2010. REUTERS/Arben Celi

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: CCTV.com