Tirana, Albania | AFP | Tuesday 3/15/2016 - 21:28 GMT
Albania is asking for Italy's help to prevent it from becoming swamped by migrants desperate to reach northern Europe, Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said on Tuesday.
"Albania has sought Italy's help to strengthen its border controls and cope with the various security problems should there be a flow of migrants heading towards the Albanian frontier," Tahiri told a press conference.
"Albania cannot cope with a wave of migrants wave by itself," he said.
Ali is a shepherd from Suhe Village in Gjirokaster, in southern Albania. Each day he rises at dawn to care for his grass-fed sheep. He makes a living by selling the milk he gets from the sheep to a local processor.
Tirana, Albania | AFP | Thursday 2/25/2016 - 22:10 GMT
A "large number" of Syrian refugees are waiting to cross into Albania, the Balkan nation's integration minister said Thursday, as migrants begin to seek out new routes into northern Europe following a series of border clampdowns.
Integration minister Klajda Gjosha said the buildup on Albania's frontier appeared to be in response to neighbouring Macedonia's decision at the weekend to deny entry to Afghan migrants coming from Greece and impose tougher checks for Syrians and Iraqis.
- Heavy rainfall affected mostly central and northern Albania over the last days, with 63 mm measured in the capital city Tirana, (24 h, 6-7 January) and 198 mm in Shkodër in the north (24 h, 5-6 January).
By Associated Press January 7 at 8:32 AM
TIRANA, Albania — About 500 families have been evacuated in western Albania after a river broke its banks following heavy rain, flooding thousands of hectares, damaging homes and roads and killing livestock.
Police and soldiers have been deployed to Lushnje, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of capital Tirana, where the Shkumbini River flooded early Thursday.
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A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Due to the heavy rain falls, which varied between 160 and 200 mm in three days equalling to a normal monthly ratio, the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania were hit by major floods, leading to the evacuation of some 850 families from their houses starting from Sunday, 1 February 2015.
TIRANA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing cash assistance to close to 9,500 people affected by the floods in the country’s south earlier this year.
WFP responded to the request of the Government of Albania to provide assistance for the most vulnerable families in badly hit communities, through cash transfers to help them to rebuild their lives. The February floods were Albania’s second worst floods on record; only a disaster in 1971 was worse.
ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2015 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has offered AED 1.288 million worth of relief materials to 2,000 Albanian families affected by floods triggered by heavy rains across four districts in Albania.
Floods in South and Southeast of Albania have damaged roads, bridges, farms and other essential infrastructure – including a power station in several Albanian cities and villages, leaving some communities without electricity and drinking water.
Albania – Floods recovery needs assessment (ECHO)
February 23, 2015
More than 1,000 emergency kits are to be distributed to Albanian families who are still struggling in the aftermath of devastating floods, as part of our emergency response.
Communities in southern Albania were inundated after torrential rain triggered widespread flooding earlier this month. As floodwaters swept into homes and across farmland, families fled their homes and livestock and crops were killed. Vital infrastructure was damaged and water supply systems contaminated.
On Tuesday, February 17, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth six million yen (Blankets, Sleeping pads, etc.) to the Republic of Albania, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Albania following serious damage from the floods in the country.
Additional EU aid for flood victims in Albania
To assist the population affected by the floods in Albania, the European Commission is giving over € 118 000 to provide around 8 000 people in the most badly hit areas with food parcels, hygiene kits and blankets as well as information material on health and hygiene during floods.
These funds are being provided via the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and will be channelled through the Albanian Red Cross.
The B-FAST Coordination Council decided on February 16, 2015 to make a gift of 100 tents, 100 winter kits and 500 blankets to the Albanian population affected by the floods of the recent weeks. This was said by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput. This material will be transported by convoy and will arrive on Thursday 19 February at the border with Albania. Didier Reynders brought the news in person to his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati during his visit to the capital Tirana.
On 2 February 2015 the highest water levels were reached.
• In response to the flooding situation in Albania, four states provided assistance through the European Union Civil Protection (EUCP) mechanism. Austria, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovakia offered beds, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, kitchen sets, generators, rain boots/coats.
• The European Union Civil Protection (EUCP) team deployed on site is facilitating the coordination of incoming assistance and is supporting national authorities in assessing the situation.
Hundreds of families affected by flooding in Albania have received food and other essential items, delivered by Islamic Relief as part of our response to the emergency.
Record rainfall in the first week of February triggered widespread flooding across four districts in the south of Albania. A state of emergency was declared as floodwaters inundated homes and farming land: displacing families, killing livestock and crops.
World Vision distributed more than 300 winter blankets and 100 food packages (containing oil, pasta, rice, sugar, meat, dried fish, chocolate, biscuits, Chocó crème, salt and milk) as well as hygiene implements for 250 families affected by the floods in, Fitore and Bishan villages. In addition to food for people, World Vision staff also delivered nearly 119.5 quintals (more than 5,400 kilos) of maize to 176 families who also lost all the feed for their animals. In Bishan, one of the hardest hit villages, 290 children are registered in World Vision’s sponsorship programme.
A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster
Due to the heavy rainfalls in recent days, which varied between 160 and 200 mm in three days equalling to a normal monthly ratio, the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania have been hit by major floods, leading to the evacuation of some 850 families from their houses since Sunday, 1st February 2015 up to date.
Qatar Charity Albania recently completed a distribution of 33,000 pieces of clothing and 1,000 school uniforms for more than 2,200 at-risk families; in addition to the distribution of a number of medical supplies and equipment for people with special needs and hospitals as part of its 'Winter Relief in Albania' programming activities. These activities are based on attracting support in the form of donations of clothes and other in-kind items from businesses, Albanian citizens, and expatriates as well as local volunteers.