Flash flooding kills at least 21 in Skopje

A state of emergency situation has actually been contacted the Macedonian capital after disaster of extraordinary magnitude

Macedonia proclaimed a state of emergency situation in its capital, Skopje, and neighbouring districts on Sunday, a day after a minimum of 21 individuals were eliminated in flash floods brought on by a storm.

Torrential rain flooded houses, swept away an area of the citys sound roadway and damaged automobiles late on Saturday night. Northern suburban areas of the capital were especially difficult hit, though the city centre likewise suffered. Kids were amongst those eliminated, an authorities spokesperson stated, including that searches were continuing for 6 individuals reported missing out on.

Macedonia, a little previous Yugoslav republic of about 2 million individuals, has actually proclaimed Monday a day of nationwide grieving. This is a disaster of extraordinary magnitude, the deputy prime minister, Nikola Todorov, informed press reporters.

Special cops forces and trucks filled with drinking water were sent out to the worst impacted locations, where there likewise have actually been electrical power failures and the spread particles of furnishings swept from homes was on the streets, a Reuters press reporter stated.

The rain had actually visited Sunday early morning and water levels declined and though there was more rain on Sunday night there were no reports of more flash flooding.

The European Unions enhancement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, stated on Twitter that the EU stood all set to assist Macedonia, which is a prospect to sign up with the bloc.

Further north in Croatia, heavy winds triggered disturbance on some roadways, consisting of the closure of the highway connecting the capital, Zagreb, to the southern coast for buses and trucks, according to regional media.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/07/flash-flooding-kills-at-least-21-in-skopje

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