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Albania geared up for floods

Staff Writer | February 5, 2018
Albania deployed hundreds of police and armed forces in different parts of the country on Sunday to help local residents cope with floods and rising risks of possible emergencies.
Albania geared up for floods
Weather   Civil Emergencies Staff started Sunday
Heavy rainfalls have caused problems in many zones, especially in the south of Albania where dozens of families had to be evacuated in early hours of Sunday, Albanian civil emergencies department informed.

"The State Police is in full readiness, cooperating and coordinating actions with the Civil Emergencies and for any need and assistance," said a press release from Albanian State Police.

Civil Emergencies Staff started Sunday the evacuation of several families in Novosela, in Vlora district and in Ferras, Lushnja district after their houses were severely hit by floods.

Problems were also reported even in northern city of Shkodra where roads were blocked due to heavy rain and some houses were damaged.

Police officers also worked on opening Tirana-Durres highway which was under water for some hours.

The bad weather in the last two days also caused problems in the country's power grid, which left several zones with blackout.

Albanian power distribution operator informed citizens Sunday that the company was working to repair all defects and guarantee uninterrupted power supply.

Few months ago, Albania was hit by massive floods that caused huge economic damages and paralyzed almost half of the country.