A strong earthquake hit Albania tonight. The powerful earthquake, of magnitude 6.4, occurred at 3.54 with the epicenter between Shijak and Durres. Several victims have already been ascertained and hundreds injured and displaced. The city of Durres, among the most affected, has suffered the collapse of several buildings and is currently without light.
The Albanian government immediately activated the rescue network and the army is digging under the rubble to search for the missing. Meanwhile, the seismic swarm continues to shake the area.Caritas Albania immediately took action on the territory to monitor the situation with the help of the diocesan Caritas network.
The Ministry of Interior has announced that 3 refugees’ reception and collection centers are being activated in Shijak – Durres, 3 centers in Tirana, 1 in Helms-Kavaje and 1 in Lezhe. In the meantime, he made an official request to Caritas Albania for the food support of those who will be hosted in the centers.
Caritas Italiana immediately expressed solidarity and closeness to the Albanian people and is in constant contact with Caritas Albania, to whom it has already shown its full willingness to support its efforts to deal with the emergency and meet the needs of the population.
And in this moment of suffering and pain for the Albanian people, Caritas Diocesana Agrigento also wants to express all its closeness to the sister Church of Albania, with which it has long undertaken a common path, in the spirit of ecclesial communion.
Anyone wishing to support emergency and reconstruction interventions, even with small sums, can do so through one of the following methods, specifying the causal “Caritas Donation for Albania Earthquake”:
Banca Prossima bank account in the name of the Archdiocese of Agrigento
IBAN: IT 09 C 03359 01600 100000006841
bank account of Banco di Credito Cooperativo Agrigentino in the name of the Mondoaltro Foundation
IBAN: IT 30 C 07108 16600 000000001459
direct payment to the Economic Office of the Archiepiscopal Curia of Agrigento, Piazza Don Minzoni, 19, Agrigento
The collected sums will be immediately transferred to Caritas Italiana.