Developing: Massive floods hit Albania

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 8, 2016 12:10

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  • At least two people have died, and the destruction to infrastructure appears to be great.

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TIRANA, Nov. 8 –  Massive floods have hit almost every corner of Albania as torrential rains persisted Tuesday morning, forcing officials to close schools across the country and urge residents to avoid all but essential travel.

At least two people have died in separate incidents.

The major cities of Tirana, Durres and Shkodra saw some of their streets flooded, while the main highway linking Tirana with the country’s sole international airport was closed by the floods Tuesday morning.

Damage and power cuts were reported across the country, from the northern tip to the south.

Army emergency units have joined civil emergency workers to handle the situation.

Hundreds of homes and commercial buildings, including one of the country’s largest shopping malls, City Park, have been damaged.

The situation seemed to get better Tuesday afternoon, but more rains are expected, meteorologists said.

(This is a developing story.)

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 8, 2016 12:10