Aid arrives for Croats left homeless after earthquake | Earthquake News


Trucks transported around 20 mobile homes donated by hotels and local businesses in the affected region as the tremors continued to shake the area.

The first mobile homes arrived in central Croatia to house people whose homes were destroyed in a deadly earthquake, as tremors continued to rock the region.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked the Petrinja region, one of Croatia’s poorest on Tuesday, killing seven people and shaking buildings already weakened by a moderate earthquake the day before.

Since Tuesday, the Petrinja region has been hit by a series of tremors, including a magnitude 3.7 earthquake Thursday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

On Thursday, trucks transported around 20 mobile homes, donated by hotels and local businesses, to the affected region.

“The first people can sleep there already tonight,” Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac told reporters.

More than 60 additional mobile homes for some 500 people are expected to arrive there in the coming days, officials said.

“It is still difficult to say how many buildings were damaged, but we know that more than 3,500 were destroyed,” the head of the county hit by the earthquake, Ivan Zinic, told reporters.

Displaced people sleep in a military base after an earthquake in Petrinja, Croatia [Antonio Bronic/Reuters]

More than 50 buildings have been razed and some 200 families are in need of shelter, he said.

Many residents of Petrinja, the town of some 20,000, near Sisak and surrounding villages spent the second night in a row in their cars or in the streets, fearing more severe earthquakes.

Among the victims of the earthquake was a young girl struck by falling debris on a street in Petrinja, about 50 km south of the capital Zagreb, where she tore bricks and left cracks in some building facades.

“It’s the worst time of year to be homeless” because of the cold, Silvana Velic from the village of Majske Poljane, where five people were killed, told AFP news agency earlier.

After spending the night in a car, her four children and her husband slept the second night in a free camping trailer.

Red Cross volunteers continued to distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal hygiene products on Thursday.

More than 800 firefighters are carrying out repairs around the damaged sites and securing the area, Croatian firefighters said Thursday.

People react in the village of Majske Poljan after an earthquake in Croatia [Antonio Bronic/Reuters]

Boris Milosevic, Deputy Prime Minister of the Croatian government of the Serbian Minority Party SDSS, said on Thursday that the first task was to provide shipping containers, tents and temporary housing to affected citizens, then that rapid reconstruction had to start.

“We’ll take care of everything. Everyone wants to do their best to help citizens and make it easier for them, ”Milosevic said.

He added that 10 shipping containers and a truck of construction materials are expected to arrive Thursday from the entity Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The national electricity company HEP said some 850 households were still without electricity on Wednesday evening.

Late Wednesday, a Greek military plane delivered humanitarian aid including dozens of tents and electric heaters as well as hundreds of beds and sleeping bags, the interior ministry said.

European Union crisis management chief Janez Lenarcic traveled to Petrinja on Wednesday to pledge the bloc’s support to the member state.

The Balkans lie near fault lines and experience regular seismic activity.



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