WHO joins crisis response efforts in flood-hit the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
WHO/Europe has joined national disaster response officials in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to respond to the floods that have affected a large population of the country. Experts from WHO and national authorities took stock of the situation at a crisis operations meeting in Kocani city, located in the eastern part of the country.
According to government estimates, the floods have so far affected about 100 000 residents in the southern, southeastern, southwestern, and central parts of the country. Despite precautionary measures taken to prevent flood damage, agricultural land, electrical infrastructure, roads, and a large number of homes have been severely affected. As local government officials work to mitigate the immediate damage, WHO experts are working closely with the national health authorities to determine the support the country needs.
The floods caused by heavy rains and melting snow struck four countries in south-eastern Europe in the last week of January: Albania, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. WHO is on standby to respond to calls for assistance from the affected states, and will be providing ongoing updates about the situation.