Heavy rains increase danger of new floods in Macedonia

Heavy rains increase danger of new floods in Macedonia

As forecast, strong rains hit Macedonia on Friday, further worsening the situation in many parts of the country that were flooded during the week. Reinforcements in people and mechanical equipment are sent to the Pelagonija region villages of Mogila and Novaci, which were among the worst affected during the week.

Novaci, located between Bitola and the important REK Bitola power plant, was given 15 pumps to clear flooded homes. The road between Bitola and Novaci was deliberately flooded on Wednesday, to reduce the danger coming from Crna river to the homes in Novaci and the power plant, that provides most of Macedonia’s electricity.

EVN utility employees are using a boat to try and repair a relay station and supply the village of Egri with electricity. In some places, waters around Bitola area village are 2,5 meters deep. Crna river is also endangering parts of the city of Demir Hisar.

Heavy rains have also caused landslides in many parts of the country, with the Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica road particularly affected and closed for traffic. The road between Stip and Delcevo was also closed after a landslide, while the Katlanovo – Veles road is reduced to a single track.

Meanwhile, the situation is stable in the areas of Stip and Karbinci, which also saw flooding over the week. Strumica, Radovis and Kicevo are also steady, with machines working to clear up river beds to prevent a repeat of the floodings.

Food and Veterinary Agency called on the population to be strict about the water purification and food treatment rules. “You should only use bottled water or water distributed by public utility trucks for drinking or cooking. Your water reserves need to be boiled at least 15 minutes or chlorinated by a professional. Muddled water mustn’t be used for drinking or cooking”, the Agency informed on Friday. Citizens living in areas affected by flooding are also asked to wash and disinfect all objects that were flooded, while food that was in contact with flood water should be thrown away. Cutlery, fruit and vegetables should be washed thoroughly.

Farmers are additionally asked to move their cattle on safe locations, away from rivers, and supply them with enough food, water and shelter. “If all else fails, animals should be allowed to flee. They shouldn’t be given food that was flooded and their water should be supplied from closed circuit reservoirs, or rain water, but not flood water. Farmers are also advised to mark their animals”, the Agency adds.

After the water levels decline, the Agency advises that first priority is removal of waste backlog, and disinfection of the flooded areas. Animal carcasses should be registered and removed, and suffering, sick animals should be put down.