At least 6 people died as a result of heavy rain causing floods in the Balkans World News

At least six people have died in the Balkans after torrential rains caused flooding and prompted large-scale evacuations.

One of the worst affected areas was in northwestern Albania, where thousands of hectares of agricultural land and hundreds of homes were flooded.

On Sunday, up to 400 mm (14 inches) of rain fell in 12 hours, causing the Drini river, Albania’s longest, to overflow its banks by at least 10 cm (four inches), according to authorities.

The bodies of two missing men – a father and son whose car was washed away on Sunday in the village of Boge, 90 miles north of the capital Tirana – were found early Monday morning.

The floods that occurred over the weekend in some regions of Montenegro and Serbia killed 4 people.

In Montenegro, a woman and her two children drowned when their car fell into a river while crossing a bridge.

While in the south of Serbia, a two-year-old child fell into a river and drowned.

Authorities in the Raska region in southern Serbia have declared a state of emergency and the army has been mobilized to help with evacuations and deliver drinking water and food.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

At least 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) of agricultural land were flooded in Shkoder and Leje districts, about 60 miles northwest of Tirana.

Hundreds of soldiers were sent to evacuate families after more than 600 homes were flooded.

The historic 18th-century Lead Mosque in Shkoder was also under water – after suffering from previous floods.

The historic Lead Mosque in Shkoder, northwestern Albania, was flooded. Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Mayor Bardh Spahia said Shkoder is currently “isolated from the rest of the country”.

In the post-communist period, farmers who suffered from floods many times expressed their concern about their losses and asked for help from the government.

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“We need the government’s help because the flood damage is very, very serious,” said Lina Zefi, 60, in the village of Kuc, six miles from Shkoder.

Flooding also affected areas in western Kosovo, causing some damage to buildings and school closures, but no casualties.