• Heavy rains commenced on 8/11, peaked on 12/11 and ceased on 14/11.
• Although the authorities had planned their response, the amount of rainfall and impact were greater than expected.
• On 12/11, the AL authorities activated the UCPM.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since 7 November 2016, heavy rainfall affected Albania, especially the northern regions of the country. River flows have been rapidly increasing and worsened by illegal constructions next to river basins causing streams of water to descend into towns.
Following a period of heavy rain and floods earlier in the month, the water level in the rivers are slowly starting to decrease.
In most flooded areas, the water distribution systems are functioning but water supplies to the population continues to be in short supply. Affected houses and road infrastructure are being cleaned by the local and national forces. Many residents remain in temporary shelters (schools and other facilities).
Hundreds of families have lost winter food reserves, livestock and homes in Kosovo and Albania after three days of heavy rain saw homes flooded.
In Kosovo, the municipalities of Gjakova, Rahovec, Vushtrri and Podujeva were among the worst hit. Emergency teams from the Red Cross of Kosova are on the ground providing food parcels and clothes.
Disaster management coordinator, Burim Seferi, said: “Many families are being evacuated to shelters in local schools. Power stations have been flooded and the water supply has been damaged which means people are even more vulnerable.”
Heavy rain has been affecting southeastern Europe, especially The Balkans countries, over the last couple of days causing floods.
In June, UNESCO through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), held consultations in Tirana on the FLOODIS project spin off activity implemented by UNESCO in the framework of the “Government of Albania-UN Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016” and funded by the Delivering Results Together Fund (DRTF). This second phase of the project is aimed at interfacing the DEWETRA platform, a real-time integrated system for hydro-meteorological and wildfire risk forecasting, monitoring and prevention in use in Albania with FLOODIS application.
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.