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Flooding submerges parts of Bosnia and Albania

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Flooding submerges parts of Bosnia and Albania


First it was snow now it is floods – a state of emergency has been declared in several areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina as thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Five days of torrential rain have closed schools and submerged roads and bridges.

It has been described as the worst flooding in a century. The Bosian Army, police and volunteers have used boats to deliver food and drinking water to suburbs cut-off from electricity and phone lines.

In the northern town of Tuzla three people were killed when their home collapsed due to a landslide triggered by heavy rains.

Neighbours rescued one man but could not save his wife, teenage son or the boy’s grandmother .

And Albania is also strugggling to cope – water has been discharged at the dams of Drin and Mat River to try and decrease the risk of damage.

And an estimated 12,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Shkodra where some streets are under two metres of water.

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