Snow, heavy rain in Balkans cause floods, disrupt traffic

Stranded residents try to reach their cars in the flooded street, following heavy rain and snowfall in Fushe Kosove, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Stranded residents try to reach their cars in the flooded street, following heavy rain and snowfall in Fushe Kosove, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted traffic on the roads and at sea and caused power outages

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded Monday, disrupted traffic on highways and at ports and caused power outages.

In Serbia, authorities on Monday started clearing up tons of garbage that was clogging a southwestern lake after it was swept off from landfills by overflowing rivers. Emergency measures were announced in the southern Doljevac and Vlasotince municipalities, where rescue teams helped more than two dozen people evacuate their homes.

The state RTS television reported that numerous homes, barns and fields were flooded and villages were left without drinking water after days of rain and snow around the southern town of Leskovac and nearby areas.

In central and eastern Serbia, thousands of people were left without electricity as heavy snow collapsed distribution lines. Serbia's state power company EPS said Monday they were working to restore power.

Authorities urged drivers not to take to the road unless absolutely necessary because of heavy snow.

Traffic disruptions and speed limits due to snow were reported in Croatia, where a bus overturned early Monday on the main east-west highway, injuring eight people.

Floods were reported in Albania and Kosovo, where days of heavy rain mixed with snowy weather.

Thousands of acres of land were flooded in western Albania and bridges and roads have been damaged, leaving villages isolated and forcing emergency deliveries of water to hundreds of people.

Power outages were also reported, which meant that some schools could not reopen Monday as authorities struggled to handle water levels at the main hydropower system on the Drini River. The army, police and local emergency teams stepped in to assist isolated residents in Shkoder, Lezha and Durres, where major flooding in 2010 caused devastation.

In Kosovo, officials were talking with NATO-led peacekeepers over how to help flood-hit areas in the west where people have been forced to evacuate their homes. A house in the village of Fushe belonging to 60-year-old Muj Zabeli was flooded and seriously damaged, but Zabeli said he was getting little help.

“No one is interested,” he complained. “You may suffer a loss here and no one would care.”

Slippery roads and strong winds prompted authorities to ban trucks with trailers and double-decker buses on some roads, as many Adriatic Sea ferry connections were halted.

The snow has made the situation even harder for residents in central Croatia, which was hit by a major earthquake on Dec. 29. Many people cannot stay in their damaged homes and have been sleeping in containers.

Heavy rains further south in Montenegro damaged a fortress wall in the southern town of Ulcinj, near the border with Albania.

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Llazar Semini contributed from Albania and Predrag Milic from Montenegro.

People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A villager is stranded on the road leading to the village of Preoc, which was flooded following heavy rain and snowfall, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A villager is stranded on the road leading to the village of Preoc, which was flooded following heavy rain and snowfall, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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A man walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A woman walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A woman walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A man rides a bicycle through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man rides a bicycle through the snow covered street in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A bridge on the road that leads to the village of Preoc is flooded following heavy rain and snowfall, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A bridge on the road that leads to the village of Preoc is flooded following heavy rain and snowfall, Kosovo on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Many roads have been blocked and bridges damaged, according to the authorities. There have been no casualties or lost livestock so far. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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Credit: Visar Kryeziu

Children use a dinghy outside a flooded house after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Children use a dinghy outside a flooded house after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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A driver tries to cross a flooded road after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A driver tries to cross a flooded road after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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A man with children use a dinghy after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A man with children use a dinghy after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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Ducks pass a flooded yard as a dog watches, after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Ducks pass a flooded yard as a dog watches, after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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Local residents walk on a flooded road after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Local residents walk on a flooded road after heavy rainfalls in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Credit: Hektor Pustina

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An elderly man walks on a flooded road in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
An elderly man walks on a flooded road in Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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Credit: Hektor Pustina

Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Credit: Hektor Pustina

Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rain water floods Obot village, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Heavy rainfall and snow during the last days has flooded many areas in the country, authorities said on Monday. Thousands of hectares (acres) have been flooded in western Albania where authorities have evacuated scores of them. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus looks out from a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus looks out from a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus looks out from a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus looks out from a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus sit on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. A spate of rainy and snowy weather across the Balkans in the past days has left homes and fields flooded, disrupted road and sea traffic and caused power outages. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

Credit: Darko Vojinovic

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