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Climate change disaster hit Skopje, Macedonia: State of emergency

Aug 07, 2016

Climate change is taking its in Macedonia, and it had a terrible outcome this weekend. Visitors to Skopje, Macedonia, should be aware of more heavy rain to be expected tonight, Sunday night.

This is after at least 20 people have died in floods that hit the Macedonian capital following torrential rain.

The victims' bodies were found on Sunday morning after the storm passed. Several people are still missing.

As reported by the BBC, some of the victims drowned in their cars. Parts of the city's ring road were swept away in the floods, dragging cars into nearby fields.

Three-and-a-half inches (93mm) of rain fell in Skopje in the storm - more than the average for the whole of August.

The water level reached as high as five feet (1.5 meters) in some of the affected areas, reports said.

Macedonia's government declares state of emergency in parts of capital.

Local media reported that ambulances were called out 65 times across the city, more than 20 people were treated in hospital, and the army was called in to help.

Three villages in the north-east of the country were cut off because of landslides.

Health authorities have advised residents and tourists in the worst hit areas to use only bottled water or water from public authority cisterns for drinking and cooking.

Climate change disaster hit Skopje, Macedonia: State of emergency

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