Four people including a seven-year-old child were killed and one person is still missing after heavy rain caused flash floods and mudslides in several villages in western Macedonia. Deputy prime minister Vladimir Pesevski said that one village, Shipkovica: "looks as if a huge tsunami has gone through it."

The Balkan republic of two million people was struck by a huge storm overnight on 3/4 August, which brought torrential rain, hail and strong winds. This was the worst storm to hit the region in 35 years, according to Teuta Arifi, the mayor of the nearby city of Tetovo.

The extent of the damage was still being assessed but at least a dozen houses in Tetovo were damaged and streets were under water. Mudslides have engulfed local roads and cut off a number of mountainous villages around the town