Nearly two dozen people were killed and dozens more were injured when torrential rains triggered flash floods in the capital of Macedonia, the Red Cross said Sunday.
Government spokesman Aleksandar Gjorgiev told The Associated Press a state of emergency had been declared for two weeks in the most affected areas, which included the capital of Skopje, the city of Tetovo and surrounding suburbs.
The Red Cross reported that 22 people were killed, more than 60 people were injured and four were still missing after the floods destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out electricity.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their houses, according to the Red Cross.
After a meeting of the National Crisis Management Center, Health Minister Nikola Todorov said many of the injured had fractures and contusions.
The European Commission said more than 20 inches of rain fell in parts of Skopje within two and a half hours, washing through homes and sweeping cars off roads.
40C, 104F is becoming a summer normal as evidence shows Shanghai is getting hotter
Scorched Earth! A week after Kuwait tied the world’s highest known temperature UAE temperature hits 50C, 122F
One month's rain in two hours destroys Ellicott City maine street in Maryland killing two
40 people killed 35 others injured due to lightning strikes in Odisha, India
Spanish high season on alert as temperatures set to soar to above 42 C (108 Degrees)
37 people dead 26 missing and 2,000 houses destroyed from floods and landslides in Nepal
Temperatures to hit 110 degrees (43C) during the weekend in the San Fernando Valley
Astounding statistics! Over one years rain in one day kills 225, 250,000 trapped and 53,000 houses destroyed in China
Kuwait tie's the world’s highest known temperature this week at 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius).
India –124 Dead 55,000 dead cattle and 336,555 damaged homes after monsoon rains
Two weeks after heavy rain left 128 people dead another 100 dead or missing in new China floods
Unprecedented and undeniable! June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe
Deadly Texas heat wave kills four and is the hottest summer since 1994
Greenland lost over a trillion tons of ice from Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014 report claims
Parts of Europe on alert as a heatwave moves in with some parts hitting 40C (104F)