VMRO-DPMNE spokesman Naum Stoilkovski warned about the dismal situation with the hydro plants, sharing pictures of the exceptionally low water levels in artificial lakes which could have helped offset the crisis. The lakes were overused for profit during the summer, and now, with winter coming, there is not enough hydro potential. One of them, lake Debar, was drained to power hydro plants in Albania.

Macedonia faces an environmental disaster. Mavrovo Lake is so far down that its famous underwater church is now on dry land. There is not enough oxygen in the waters of lake Tikves and you can play football on the bed of lake Debar. This is all the fault of the Government and its mismanagement, Stoilkovski said.