PM Berisha stopped off at the General Directorate of State Reserves in Gjadër.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha inspected today the flood-hit areas in Shkodra region. At first the prime minister went to Torovica where Prefect Pal Dajçi informed him about the created situation in the area, especially about the condition of Torovica dyke.
The prime minister described the area delicate and in danger as water is only few centimeters away from the upper part of the dam; the water is 67 meters deep and there is the possibility of overflow toward Torovica and further.
The prime minister thanked the army units, local authorities, private companies for their job and extraordinary devotion. The prime has been in constant contact around the clock as they are building a higher dam.
“The staff, Prefect Pal Dajçi, the members of the government, the local leaders, the army and the private companies has been working during the last 24 hours to increase the height of the dam. Thousands of cubic meters of ballast and sand have been used to increase the height of the dam otherwise Torovica would have begun to overflow since long ago. More work is being done to increase higher this vital dam for protection of Lezha and even a further area. It is indispensable the displacement of residents in Shëngjin while only one man per home shall be left and a system of alarm should be put in place while the area should be evacuated. We shall do the utmost to prevent water from overflowing the dyke, but the natural forces cannot be always dominated,” said the prime minister.
The prime minister also met Torovica residents and reiterated calls for evacuation which he considered indispensability. “We are doing the utmost, but weather is not favorable. One per family can stay, but the rest should get shelter in Shëngjin. We shall create sheltering capacity, but it would be better that children and old folk move. The human life is the most important when great inundation takes place. We shall do our best of not losing any human life,” said the prime minister in his appeal to the local residents for evacuation.
Later on, PM Berisha stopped off at the General Directorate of State Reserves in Gjadër. Director Hysen Arapi acquainted the prime minister with the process of supply with food, water and other necessary things and said that food reserves are greater as compared to demand. “I thank you for the important job done. Let you be as energetic and active so that to ease the pain this situation creates. We shall do the utmost to facilitate the situation,” said the prime minister.