Albania Seeks International Assistance for Earthquake Recovery
The earthquake killed 51, injured hundreds and left thousands homeless
Photo AP/Petros Giannakouris
Albania’s prime minister is calling on the international community for financial aid and expert assistance to help the country recover from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed 51 persons and left thousands homeless, reports AP.
Prime Minister Edi Rama said the government was reshaping the budget, but that it would be “humanly impossible” to do everything without international partners’ support.
The earthquake struck on November 26, 2019 on the Adriatic coast. Emergency crews and others able to help sifted through the rubble in a search for survivors. On November 30, 2019, the government changed focus from rescue to recovery as the probability of locating any remaining survivors was increasingly remote.
The worst hit areas were the port town of Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians 33 kilometers/20 miles west of the capital Tirana, and the nearby northern town of Thumane.
Civil engineers from European Union countries and the United States, working with local engineers, have started to assess the full damage from the earthquake
|Source||The Associated Press|