Albania - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0205
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
1 October 2002

This report is based upon information from the Albanian Government and the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania.


After eight days (September 21 - September 29) of heavy rainfalls and resulting floods, the overall situation is improving (even though weather forecasts predict more rains in the North). The worst affected regions remain Lezhe and Shkoder in the Northwest. In Lezhe, schools are still closed. Some drainage systems were operating at a limited level even before the floods, and damaged dikes and an increased number of buildings in floodplains have contributed to the extent of damage. Currently central Government teams are carrying out more damage assessments; results are expected within this week.

There remains a concern about the safety of drinking water, especially in Lezhe prefecture. Even though clean up and repair works are progressing and main national roads have been cleared of debris and mud, several villages can still not be accessed by road. Electricity supply remains sporadic in rural areas. Latest figures from prefectures speak of 16,721 flooded private houses. Out of these 262 are heavily damaged, i.e., no longer usable, and 3,429 have experienced medium-level damage, i.e., can be put back to use.

9,700 people had to be at least temporarily evacuated from their homes and 45 people were rescued. 3,295 people remain in temporary shelter (mostly with relatives) at this point in time with 2,500 in Lezhe alone. Overall the number of families affected and requiring assistance is estimated at 16,721, including those whose houses have been lightly damaged. No casualties or missing persons are reported.


The Albanian Government appeals for food items such as oil, rice, pasta, sugar and flour; and portable beds, mattresses, bed sheets, clothing, blankets and detergents. High-pressure cleaners, water and mud pumps, portable dryers and electric generators are needed for clean up operations. A detailed list is available upon request. Contact point is the Director of Planning and Coordination in the Ministry of Local Government:

Mr. Bujar Kapllani
Ministry of Local Government and Decentralization
Tel/ Fax: (355-4) 233 542


The State of Natural Disaster is still active in seven prefectures. The Albanian RC has distributed 5,690 blankets, 54 tons of wheat flour, 15 tons of conserves, 5 tons of sugar, 4 tons of vegetable oil, 10,000 pieces of soap, 3 tons of detergent victims. State Reserves have distributed 23,851 loaves of bread to affected cities and 316 tons of other food supplies.


- The Greek Government has delivered 350 tents, 2,750 blankets, and 54.5 tons of food supplies.

- German KFOR is supplying 30,000 military food rations.

- The Italian Government has provided 5,000 blankets, 48 tents, 40 tons of food, and water tanks and jerrycans from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi.

- The Belgian Government has flown in 4,150 blankets, 700 boxes of food supplies and 74,000 plastic bags (for sand).

- OCHA will release a USD 25,000 Emergency Grant (from its own resources and a Netherlands contribution) to address the most urgent needs of the affected population.

- UNICEF is supplying emergency health and education kits, a generator to ensure power supply for vaccines, as well as chlorine.

- UNHCR is supplying 20,000 pieces of soap.

- UNDP is making available USD 50,000 for logistics/communication support to relief operations.

- WFP contributed two truckloads of high-protein biscuits from the UNHRD.

- WHO is currently assessing further needs in the health sector.

For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:
Mr. Stephen Tull, Mr. Dusan Zupka
Direct Tel. +41-22-917-3168

Press contact:
(GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) - Mr. Brian Grogan, direct Tel. +1-212-963 11 43

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