FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
The heavy rainfall that affected the western part of Macedonia on 3 August 2015 resulted in the overflow of the water from the river Pena in the city of Tetovo. The heavy rains were disastrous for the mountain villages of Shipkovica (2,826 residents), Dzepciste (4,051 residents), Mala Rechica (8,353 residents), Golema Rechica (1,659 residents) and Poroj (2,677 residents) and the city of Tetovo (65,000 residents). The mountain villages were affected also by landslides caused by the heavy rain. Approximately 5,000 people in the region were somehow affected by the impact of the flash flood and mud slides. (IFRC, 20 Aug 2015)
The bridge over the River Bregalnica between the village of Razlovci and the town of Delcevo won’t win any prizes for design or architecture, but for the villagers of Razlovci it is a vital connection to the rest of the country. Around a thousand people depend on the bridge to get to Delcevo for work and school, healthcare and shopping.
Skopje, 4 April 2016: The European Union Delegation signed the second contract within the frame of the major EU Flood Recovery Programme.
The Programme, funded in the amount of 10 million euros, has been designed to help the country overcome the damage caused by flooding in 2015 and to reconstruct and upgrade the country’s flood prevention infrastructure over the next two and a half years.
Description of the disaster
Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Fatmir Besimi, Head of the EU Delegation Aivo Orav and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton officially announced the start of the EU Flood Recovery Programme.
On Monday Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, within his visit to Tetovo region, met with residents of Dobroste village and oversaw the construction works for repairing the damages caused by recent floods.
State institutions will remain engaged in the upcoming period until full recovery of the flood-affected regions, Gruevski told the villagers. Dobroste residents extended gratitude to the Prime Minister on his engagement in granting flood relief, as well as to the Government and all relevant institutions for their fast response to the natural disaster.
A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster
The heavy rainfall affected the western part of Macedonia in the late evening hours on 3 August 2015. The heavy rain resulted in the overflow of the water from the river Pena in the city of Tetovo. The heavy rains were disastrous for the mountain villages of Shipkovica (2,826 residents), Dzepciste (4,051 residents), Mala Rechica (8,353 residents), Golema Rechica (1,659 residents) and Poroj (2,677 residents) and the city of Tetovo (65,000 residents).
The EU and its Member States are sending an expert team through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism to assist the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with assessing the damage caused by recent floods and mudslides.
Six technical experts coordinated by the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre, such as civil engineers for assessment and early recovery of critical infrastructure, will be deployed from 13-24 August.
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross Society of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has determined that international assistance is not required at the moment, and it is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this point in time.
Macedonia's Government has decided Tuesday to grant a financial assistance of MKD 30.000 (about EUR 500) to families that suffered most serious damages from yesterday's floods in Tetovo.
It has also decided for a special commission to be set up to assess the damage of properties on the ground.