Turkey has sent foodstuff and medical equipment to Albania in the wake of a flood disaster in this country.
Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate released a statement on Wednesday and said Turkey sent the aid upon a call from the Albanian government for "urgent aid".
The floods have been caused by torrential rainfall which started in late December and is still continuing. The situation has been exacerbated by high levels in three dams on the Drini River, from which the Government has been forced to release substantial amounts of water for safety reasons. The regions of Shkodra and Lezha are the most affected.
Floods evacuated some 4,000 people in Lezha and Shkodra. About 10,270 hectares of farmland have been flooded and nearly 10,000 livestock are at risk. Due to serious damages to the water supply system, many in the flooded communities do not have access to drinking water. Agricultural and transportation infrastructure has been damaged making the area around Shkodra accessible only by small boats.
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