Fighting floods in Albania
On 22 September 2002, the western part of Albania was struck by serious floods, which affected about two-thirds of the country's lowlands.
About 26,000 hectares of land were flooded and at least 80,000 people in the districts of Lezhe, Shkoder, Gjirokaster and Berat were left without shelter.
Considerable damages had been observed in agricultural areas and to roads, railways, energy infrastructure, pumping stations as well as clean and dirty water systems. Over 20 bridges were completely destroyed.
On 26 September 2002, the Government of Albania requested through the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) assistance from Euro-Atlantic Partnership Countries.
The requested assistance consisted of:
During the operation, the EADRCC kept EAPC Countries informed on the situation and requirements of Albania by issuing daily situation reports and endeavoured to provide the requested assistance.