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Dec 04, 2019

Hungary to help assess damage of deadly earthquake in Albania

The Albanian government and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës have reached out to Hungary in the wake of last Tuesday’s disaster.

The foreign minister has announced that Hungary will help in assessing the damage caused by last week’s deadly earthquake in Albania.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said both the Albanian government and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës have reached out to Hungary in the wake of last Tuesday’s disaster.

According to MTI, Minister Szijjártó said he held talks with his Albanian counterpart and Hungary has also been in contact with the Tirana archdiocese.

The minister said that because the Balkan country does not have the engineering capacities required to determine which of the buildings damaged in the earthquake can be rebuilt, the Albanian government has asked Hungary to send a team of experts to help out with the inspections.

Hungary has sent a team of six structural specialists and engineers to Albania to assess the damage. Altogether there are 70 specialists, among them 50 foreigners, conducting post-earthquake inspections in the country.

The Hungarian government will also contribute HUF 85 million (EUR 255,000) to the reconstruction of five damaged churches in the region.

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