Albania facing emergency situation due to weather conditions

Albania facing emergency situation due to weather conditions

Albania facing emergency situation due to weather conditions

Albania has been facing heavy rainfall since Thursday and the country is now facing emergency situation.

The torrential rain has caused several damages throughout the country, while military forces have been mobilized to evacuate citizens in most immediate areas. For the moment being, some of the main roads of the capital and the highway connecting Durres and Tirana faced severe floods overnight. 200 people were evacuated yesterday from City Park, shopping center in the outskirts of the city. Meanwhile, the situation seems problematic also in the districts of Kruja, Durres, Vlora, Berat and Shijak.

23 Schools have incurred severe damages and are currently out of use from the pupils. Meanwhile, 40 families are being risked at the municipality of Vau I Dejes, part of Shkodra district in the north where one of the main Hydro Power Plants operates.  Also 3 bridges have been demolished by rain in Shijak, some kilometres far from Tirana.

The government has gathered the emergency staff and asked for the citizens in the problematic areas to cooperate with the task force. The leader of the opposition party, Lulzim Basha has accused the major of Tirana, Erion Veliaj for the floods, since according to this party the municipality failed to control and maintain the drainage channels in the main roads.

The political dialogue in the country is one of the main challenges and political leaders do not miss the opportunity to ironize each other even under such conditions. The prime minister Rama has ironically thanked the leader of opposition for allowing him to work, while continuing with the press conference on the situation report and denying accuses on the failure of drainage system maintenance.

Some of the experts claim that floods in Albania cannot be avoided until the reservoirs in the country are not improved. However, such investments require huge budget. This is not the first time that Albania has undergone emergency situations due to rain and despite the repetitive situation, the country faces almost the same issue.

L. Lula

Lutjona holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Tirana. She pursued her graduate studies at the Joint Interdisciplinary Master in South East European Studies, University of Belgrade and Karl Franzens University of Graz. During th master she specialized on EU integration of the Western Balkans. Apart from her academic commitment, she has been active in various local NGOs and international seminars, mainly focused on human rights, regional cooperation, reconciliation and peace-building processes. She has been actively engaged in research / consulting with several bodies such as OSCE PiA, COORP.AL (Helvetas funded platform), ESAA Brussels, QKHA (Horizon 2020 project). In 2012 she was awarded a one-month, fully funded Research Fellowship at Gerogia Southern University, USA. Her areas of interest range from political parties, democratization, transition societies, Southeast Europe and EU enlargement.

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