Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina approved Assistance for Albania


The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the proposal of the Ministry of Security, adopted a Decision approving 100,000 BAM from the current reserve of the Budget of the Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide international assistance to the Government of the Republic of Albania.

The search and rescue operations for more survivors after a strong earthquake hit Albania early Tuesday morning has ended, Prime Minister Edi Rama said here on Saturday, confirming a death toll of 51.

Speaking at the government meeting on Saturday morning, Rama said: “I have to thank the search and rescue troops that came from abroad. Without them we would not have been able to save any citizen from the debris. But this does not diminish the work of the Albanian troops, which lack specialized tools.”

The cabinet discussed drafting a draconian construction law in the wake of the earthquake, he added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced that the 913 people injured in the earthquake have received medical assistance in hospitals.

The death toll climbed to 51 on Saturday afternoon when a 20-year-old girl who had been seriously injured died at hospital in Tirana, local media reported.

According to the Defense Ministry, about 250 troops from Albania, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Romania, North Macedonia, the European Union, the United States were engaged in the rescue operations that lasted for three days.

A devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the country at 3:55 local time on Tuesday.

A funeral for the eight members of Lala family killed in the earthquake was held in Durres on Saturday. The only survivor of the family was a 17-year-old boy named Rame Lala.

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