On August 6, 2016, heavy rains caused floods in Skopje and Tetovo, Macedonia, with much of the damage from the catastrophe being in outlying areas. The flooding resulted in the death of 21 people in the villages of Stajkovic, Singelic, and Aracinovo. Around 100 citizens were also injured in the flooding, while many families were displaced. The damage included cars being swept away and homes being destroyed. The BBC reports that over three inches of rain fell due to the storm, which they note was higher than the rest of August. According to Al Jazeera, the storm lasted for five hours and prompted landslides as well as power outages.
The Macedonian flood was reminiscent of the flooding that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia in 2014. In that disaster, several countries were hit by rain for several days. And like the recent flood in Macedonia, volunteers and donors came together to give to those in need. Over 2 million people individual giving was reported with almost 8 million EUR raised. (For a breakdown of the philanthropic giving around the 2014 Floods, please follow this link to Catalyst’s infographic on the most recent data.)
The ensuing damage from the floods and the loss of life has taken a toll on these areas. However, we wanted to highlight the ways in which people are actively supporting those who were affected by the disaster.