Romanian Red Cross launches emergency humanitarian call following devastating earthquake in Albania
On November 26 a.c. an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 occurred in Albania 30 km west of Tirana, followed by a replica with a magnitude of 5.4. The epicenter was around Durres about 34 km northwest of Tirana.
According to the latest report submitted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, 31 people were reported dead and about 650 people injured, these people being the residents who were trapped under the ruins of the collapsed buildings. It is estimated that over 100,000 people are affected and need humanitarian assistance. The infrastructure has suffered severe damage, with several buildings collapsing in Thumane and Durres, and people are still inside them.
The National Red Cross Society of Albania, in collaboration with the national authorities, took immediate measures to ensure the rescue operations and the distribution of basic necessities to the population. The actions of the Red Cross in Albania are oriented towards water supply, food support; psychosocial assistance services, as well as first aid.
In order to support the operations to help the victims of this humanitarian disaster, the Romanian Red Cross is launching an emergency humanitarian call. Donations can be made online on the Romanian Red Cross website or in the accounts specially opened at BRD-Piața Romană Agency:
The funds raised will be directed to the National Red Cross Society of Albania and will be used to support first aid but also to support the families left without a home in the medium and long term.
“The earthquake in Albania is a humanitarian tragedy. Many people lost loved ones and were left homeless. These families will need long-term support to recover. We are with our colleagues in Albania, who from the first moment of the earthquake intervened to help the victims ”, said Ioan Silviu Lefter, general manager of the Romanian Red Cross.