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Albania hit by worst floods in almost half a century

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Albania hit by worst floods in almost half a century

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The floodgates opened in spectactular fashion in Albania.

Authorities were forced to discharge water from three hydro electric power stations after danger levels were reached.

Rain and melting snow have caused the worst floods in Albania in almost half a century, with some 2500 homes having to be evactuated.

The EU and others have sent aid, but angry locals say help is taking time to get through.

“The houses are all flooded,” one man said. “No aid has come from anyone, no-one’s brought us anything. We were told to register, people have all fled to neighbouring villages.”

The worst hit area is the Shkodra district, north of the capital Tirana. In Northern Croatia too, there’s been widespread flooding after continuous rain since the beginning of the year.

An artificial lake in the Kosinj valley has overflowed and in some areas water levels were reported to be rising by eight centimetres an hour.

And to add to the misery, hailstorms hit the Dubrovnik region on Sunday.