Albania: Army on standby as heavy flooding causes power outages

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.