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EU leads international help to Albania quake recovery

AP , Monday 2 Dec 2019
Rescue teams and firefighters carry the body of a victim
Rescue teams and firefighters carry the body of a victim found under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 28, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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The European Union and the United Nations are coordinating the international efforts to assist Albania after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and left thousands homeless.

Luigi Soreca, EU ambassador to Albania, on Monday said Brussels mobilized the Civil Protection Mechanism on the day of earthquake, Nov. 26 with many search-and-rescue teams arriving in the country.

The quake that hit Albania's Adriatic coast also injured more than 3,000 people. 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.

Albania's government has called on the international community for financial aid and expert assistance, saying it is incapable of doing it alone.

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