Albania Earthquake - Six Weeks On
As you may remember, on 26th November 2019 a disasterous earthquake hit Albania. The epicentre was close to Durrës, Albania’s second largest city, which is on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, but many surrounding areas were also badly damaged. The current death toll is 51, over 900 people have been injured, and it is estimated that up to 16,000 people have lost their homes.
In affected cities, the government has arranged for those who remain homeless to stay in hotels (since Durrës is a vacation destination and many of the hotels are empty this time of year). In nearby villages, people are left trying to sleep in unstable structures or in tents in their courtyards as they have livestock that they need to stay and attend to. Tents have been distributed to lots of people by the government or by other organisations, but there are still many people sleeping in improvised shelters. This is a cold time of year, so it is dangerous for them to be sleeping outside.