Macedonia to send assistance to flood-hit Albania

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TIRANA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Macedonia on Saturday decided to send assistance to neighboring Albania to help it cope with flooding in the northwestern region.

Vice Premier Abdulaqim Ademi said at a special cabinet session that his country would provide pumps, rubber boats and tents to its neighbor.

"The government will continue to monitor developments in the flooded area and is ready to provide medical assistance or food aid if needed," Ademi said.

Some 10,000 hectares of arable lands and 2,400 houses have been flooded in northwestern Albania. The floods, caused by heavy rainfall, have forced about 5,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.

Editor: Lin Zhi