Bad weather throughout Albania

Rainstorms and snow have swept the entire territory of Albania, with the temperatures falling to -14 degrees C in north, northeast and southeastern Albania. Authorities say that this situation...

Rainstorms and snow have swept the entire territory of Albania, with the temperatures falling to -14 degrees C in north, northeast and southeastern Albania. Authorities say that this situation will continue, although the temperatures will increase with 2 degrees, from Saturday to Tuesday.
Tirana, ALBANIA – NewsweeK/TCH
Sunday, February 12, 2012

The snow in Shkoder has isolated 65.000 residents, with all rural roads blocked and 70% of the national ones.  The Minister of Defense was present in Librazhd, where the Emergency Headquarters gathered for minimizing the dangers to people lives in the blocked areas, and secure food and medical aid. The local administration of Librazhd complained for the lack of snow cleaning vehicles.

In Berat, a wild storm has damaged electric poles, leaving 6000 residents without power in their homes. The situation has deteriorated with the storm destroying the crops and houses.

In Durres, the Durres-Bari ferries had a delay of seven hours, due to a 6-meter sea storm. Other six cargo ships have been blocked in the port.


The same situation appeared in Vlore, with the ferries Vlore-Brindisi delayed for three hours due to the 7-meter sea storm. The fishing vessels have not been working for several days.

In Gjirokaster, the Minister of Innovation and Communication and the Minister of Labor, Genc Ruli and Spiro Ksera, led the Emergency Headquarter of this district, where was analyzed the situation created by the snow. The rural roads in this district have been blocked, and 16 communes and some part of the towns have been without electric power for several days.


Minister Ruli declared that CEZ would undertake partial rehabilitating investments in the Gjirokaster network, which has not been repaired for the last 40 years.

Although Gjirokaster is not among the most damaged districts, there is a serious lack of the logistic for facing this kind of situation.

The MP Gjergji Papa and two others that represent the Korce district in Parliament have visited the areas where snow has blocked many communes for the last two months.

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