#Albania – EU mobilizes additional emergency support following deadly #Earthquakes

| December 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent

The European Union is mobilizing additional emergency support amid the strongest earthquake in decades and numerous aftershocks in Albania. The EU Civil protection Mechanism was activated at the request of the Albanian authorities on 26 November.

In addition to three search and rescue teams of more than 200 staff already deployed to Albania, the European Union is helping address Albania’s request for additional support such as in-kind assistance and structural engineers. “The European Union continues to support Albania at this challenging time. We will provide emergency help for as long as needed. Search and rescue teams, mobilized through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, are on the ground. I would like to thank Italy and Greece for already offering additional support through the Mechanism,â€� said Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides.

The Copernicus system has already produced six satellite images of the affected zones. The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in constant contact with the Albanian authorities and continues to monitor the situation. The EU has deployed a Civil Protection Team, which is helping the authorities co-ordinate the response and assess the damage. On Wednesday (27 November), President Juncker sent a letter of condolences to Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama. A statement by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Stylianides is also available online.

Source:: EU Reporter Feed

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