Torrential rains in the Balkans over the past two days have caused flooding, killing at least six people, prompting widespread evacuations and causing extensive damage, officials said Monday.
One of the most affected areas was northwestern Albania, where thousands of acres of farmland and hundreds of homes were flooded. Authorities evacuated many families during the blackout.
Early Monday morning, police divers found the bodies of the two missing men. A father and son’s car was washed away on Sunday in the village of Bohe, about 90 miles north of the capital, Tirana.
Four people died over the weekend as some rivers in Montenegro and Serbia swelled. A woman and her two children drowned in Montenegro after their car plunged into a river while trying to cross a bridge. In southern Serbia, a two-year-old boy fell into a river and drowned.
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Authorities in the southern Serbian region of Raska declared a state of emergency due to heavy flooding, and troops were deployed to help evacuate locals and deliver drinking water and food.
Torrential rains of up to 14 inches in 12 hours on Sunday caused the Drini River, Albania’s longest river, to overflow at least 4 inches from its banks, officials said.
At least 7,500 acres of farmland have been flooded in the Shkoder and Leger districts, about 60 miles northwest of Tirana.
Hundreds of troops were sent to evacuate families after more than 600 homes were flooded.
“Skoder is currently isolated from the rest of the country,” said Mayor Bardo Spahia.
Farmers who were repeatedly flooded in the post-communist era expressed despair over their losses, including livestock, and asked the government for help.
“The flood damage is so severe that we need government assistance,” said Lina Zefi, 60, who lives in Kuc village, less than six miles from Shkoder.
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The historic 18th-century Reid Mosque in Shkoder was also submerged following past flood damage.
Floods also affected areas in western Kosovo, causing some damage to buildings and school closures, but no casualties have been reported.