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Albania earthquake: 51 dead, 9000 homeless, Poland sends army, Bulgaria specialists

Christian Fernsby |
A group of Polish army officers are to travel to Albania to offer help after the country suffered a major earthquake.

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"Allies may count on our assistance," Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Friday adding that his ministry will send a reconnaissance group to Albania to assess how the Polish army may help in removing the effects of the recent earthquake.

"We will help, among other things, in the rebuilding of local infrastructure," wrote Błaszczak.

A total of 51 people were killed in the November 26 earthquake.

Some 900 people were injured and 9000 are homeless.

The 6.4-magnitude quake, Albania's worst ever, was centred 30 km west of the capital Tirana and was felt across the Balkans and southern Italy across the Adriatic Sea.

Most affected were the 400,000 tourist city of Durres on the Adriatic and Thumane which lies north of the capital Tirana.

Bulgaria has sent 12 construction engineers to Albania to assist in the assessment of the buildings.

The engineers left for Albania on December 5, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on talks held between minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Albania’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj.

Cakaj requested the sending of the engineers in a phone call with Zaharieva last week.

Immediately after receiving the request, Zaharieva contacted the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and with their assistance, the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy recruited 12 specialists under the direction of Professor Bogomil Petrov from the Department of Building Materials and Insulation.

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