Heavy rains swell rivers in parts of Balkans

Heavy rain in the Balkans caused swollen rivers to overflow Tuesday, flooding some homes and cutting electricity to remote areas. Authorities in Albania reported at least one death.

Serbia's state TV said surging waters cut a regional road in the southwest of the country and forced a dozen people to leave their homes.

A second day of rain caused floods in northern Montenegro, near the border with Serbia. Authorities in the town of Berane warned residents not to drink tap water.

Albanian authorities said a body was found in a river in Tirana, the capital, and there were unconfirmed reports of other deaths as the country struggled to cope with up to 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain in some areas.

Hundreds of army troops and emergency personnel have spread around the country to evacuate residents mainly the ones living near rivers.

Albania's Defense Ministry said more than 200 troops and many specialized vehicles have been sent mainly to the northern Lezha district.

Speaking at an emergency meeting, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he expected rain to continue and that "the situation will be extremely grave."

Some 200,000 people were reported to be without power, and the Education Ministry called on all schools to suspend classes.