: Storm and flood kill at least 20 in Macedonia, several still missing

18:23 Aug. 7, 2016

Storm and flood kill at least 20 in Macedonia, several still missing

People walk through a street where cars have piled due to overnight flooding, after storms in the village of Stajkovci, just east of Skopje, Macedonia, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo)

Strong winds and rainfalls in Skopje overnight causes deadly landslides and torrents

At least 20 people have died in floods that hit Slopje, the capital of Macedonia after torrential rains. Several people are still missing. Hundreds were evacuated from the dangerous zone. 

Police and army helicopters are searching for the missing.

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An emergency was declared in Skopje and certain parts of the northwestern city of Tetovo, where heavy storms caused property damage but no casualties.

"This is a disaster, we have never experienced such a thing," said Skopje's Mayor Koce Trajanovski, AFP reports.

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Weather officials said the average rainfall for the whole of August fell on Skopje in the space of just two hours.

During the storm, cars were carried hundreds of meters into nearby fields, homes were flooded, and a large chunk of the ring road around the city was washed away.

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