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Macedonia to send humanitarian aid to flood-affected regions in Albania

Lumi vjosa i cili ka dale nga shtrati ne disa zona ne qytetin e Permetit, duke permbytur rruge, shtepi dhe siperfaqe te medha tokash. Shume zona dhe rruge qe lidhin qytetet ne jugun e Shqiperise jane permbytur si pasoje e reshjeve te shiut te diteve te fundit./r/n/r/nVjosa River which has emerged out of his riverbed in some areas near the city of Permet flooding roads, houses and enormous areas of land. Flooding in southern Albania has blocked roads and forced dozens of villagers to evacuate their homes.

Macedonia’s government at its regular session on Tuesday decided to send humanitarian aid to flood-affected regions in Albania.

The Protection and Rescue Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant institutions are tasked to submit a proposal for Macedonia’s relief package for Albania, the government said.

At least one death was confirmed and travel was brought to a halt by widespread flooding that swamped many parts of Albania last week. Continued rain and flooding prompted the evacuation of 600 families in two of the country’s southwestern districts, local media reported.

More than 3,000 homes, 56 schools and 16,000 hectares of agricultural land have been flooded. Many roads and 28 bridges have been damaged. Albania’s authorities have started calculating the damage to consider financial compensation, the reports say.