Kosovo's emergency services rescued several hundred people after heavy flooding hit their homes on January 19 and 20. The flooding comes following heavy rain that caused rivers to overflow in the western and northern parts of the country.
Drone footage displays the scale of destruction in these areas.
Local residents described their situation after the water hit their homes.
"Water flooded into the house within 20 minutes. The damage is evident in the kitchen, the yard, garage, and other houses in the area. The entire first floor has been affected and all the appliances have been destroyed," said Gjin Gjinaj, a resident of Klina.
In the municipality of Skenderaj, locals were trying to push water out from their homes and businesses but were driven out by the increasing water levels.
Just saw this heartbreaking video from @BlertaDeliuK of Skënderaj in central Kosovo. I was there only on Monday! After weeks of dry weather, unexpected floods just destroying everything. We pray for no human victims and I hope we react quickly to support and mitigate the damage. pic.twitter.com/WSKKCCb2Xx— Petrit Selimi (@Petrit) January 19, 2023
The Balkan country’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti assured no casualties were reported so far, but the flooding has caused huge material losses.
Floods occurred in Kosovo today. While a state of emergency has been declared in many municipalities, no casualties have been reported for now. pic.twitter.com/y2o3SnCfpR— Eren Beksaç (@rnbksc) January 19, 2023