South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
Heavy rainfall starting at the beginning of February 2015 caused major flooding in the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania. Some 42,000 people were affected, and houses were damaged, around 3,500 heads of livestock killed, and 17,000 acres of farm land flooded. The Albanian Government declared a state of emergency for the worst affected areas. (IFRC, 6 Feb 2015) Bulgaria and Greece were hit by flooding as well.
In The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia heavy rains and snow melt caused severe flooding the eastern region of the country. According to national authorities, 170,000 people were affected. (ECHO, 6 Feb 2015)
All planned activities have been successfully implemented. The foreseen items were procured and distributed according to the plan. The stock reserves used for the operation were replenished. The supported population was really satisfied with the efforts of the Red Cross Society of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for covering their immediate needs. The additional financial contributions raised in the country helped the population to compensate for some of the damage and to use the money for repairing of the houses and for cleaning the fields. The DREF operation was finalized within the envisaged timeframe. (IFRC Final Report, 4 Sep 2015)
The remote rural municipality of Konce is a beautiful but by no means easy place to live—and the record floods that hit the area in January 2015 have been making life a whole lot harder.
The Municipality of Cesinovo-Oblesevo suffered severe damage from flooding in February last year when the Bregalnica River reached record levels. Located in the east of the country in the heart of the Bregalnica river basin, the municipality has continues to suffer from damaged infrastructure.
Many of the severest consequences of the flooding have arisen from damage to what might at first seem a minor part of the infrastructure—an underground concrete pipe, or culvert, that broke under the impact of heavy rain.
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.
The flash floods that hit the country early last year dealt a devastating blow to villagers in the rural Municipality of Mogila, forcing evacuations and causing mudslides that have cut local people off from the towns of Prilep and Bitola.
Situated in the heart of the Pelagonija region in the far south of the country, the Municipality of Mogila experienced record flood-levels at the end of January 2015, then again in February and early March.
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.
The government has paid Tuesday subsidies amounting to Denar 29.9 million as compensation for damages to 394 persons that were hit by storms and floods in early 2015.
Finance Ministry told that Denar 527.000 are paid to citizens of Gradsko and 489.000 to citizens of Cesinovo-Oblesevo.
So far, Denar 144.24 million were paid to 2.218 persons in hit-flooded regions of Mogila, Novaci, Demir Hisar, Bitola, Bosilovo, Krivogastani, Veles, Probistip and Stip.
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.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In the second half of January 2015, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was affected by heavy rainfalls and snow in the higher areas. The extreme precipitation caused serious damages in the eastern part of the country, especially in the Municipality of Karbinci where the villages were immediately evacuated due to the rise of the rivers and the water level of the man-made lake in Kalimanci and Gradche.
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.
The Government has allocated EUR 22 million for citizens who had suffered damages during the spring floods, EUR 12 million of which for property compensation, while EUR 10 million for overhaul of damaged infrastructure, said Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski during Saturday's visit to Bitola and Novaci.
"The compensation for Novaci citizens who had suffered damages to their crops and homes, was launched today. All funds are to be paid over the next couple of days", said PM Gruevski.
The payment of full compensation for damages to farmers and households hit by storms and floods in January and February begins on Friday, says Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
"I promised a 100-percent damage compensation by the end of March in Stip. The assessment of damages and facilitation of the administrative procedures was launched immediately", says PM Gruevski on his Facebook profile.
Gruevski stresses the Government meets its promises.
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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.