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Albania: Army on standby as heavy flooding causes power outages

  • Albanian firefighters pump water from a street  in Tirana Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after torrential rain overnight blocked many of them. Torrential rain in Albania has caused three dead and power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, according to police. Agriculture Minister Edmond Planarity on Wednesday said the storm dumped 130 millimeters (5.1 inches) of rain in two hours . (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albanian firefighters pump water from a street in Tirana Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after torrential rain overnight blocked many of them. Torrential rain in Albania has caused three dead and power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, according to police. Agriculture Minister Edmond Planarity on Wednesday said the storm dumped 130 millimeters (5.1 inches) of rain in two hours . (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Teachers watch firefighters as they try to take out water from an elementary school in Tirana on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

    Teachers watch firefighters as they try to take out water from an elementary school in Tirana on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A firefighter walks in flood water as he  tries to take out water from an elementary school in Tirana on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

    A firefighter walks in flood water as he tries to take out water from an elementary school in Tirana on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Torrential rain in Albania has caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, and authorities are investigating media reports that three people have been killed.

Agriculture Minister Edmond Planarity on Wednesday said the storm dumped 130 millimeters (5.1 inches) of rain in two hours overnight on the Lezhe and Lac districts, northwest of capital Tirana, causing power outages and flooding homes in those areas.

Authorities did not immediately confirm local media reports that three people were killed in the floods in Lac area.

Rain also flooded the main streets, apartments and shops in Tirana and western port city of Durres.

The government said the army was on standby to help firefighters with evacuation efforts.