Croatia takes measure of disaster after deadly earthquake

Petrinja (Croatia) (AFP) - "I can't wait for this horrible year to end!" : Croatia was trying to heal its wounds Wednesday the day after an earthquake that killed seven people and devastated many houses, depriving their inhabitants of shelter in the middle of winter.

Authorities declared a day of national mourning on Saturday in honor of the victims of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that razed houses, gutted buildings and buried cars under mountains of rubble in the center of the country.

The entire Sisak region, south-east of Zagreb, one of the poorest in Croatia, has been plagued by earthquakes for several days, with new earthquakes of magnitude 4.8 and 4.7 still recorded on Wednesday.

On the eve of New Year's Eve, hundreds of people could not return home, spending the night in barracks, schools or their families.For fear of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, others prefer to night in their car.

In the small village of Majske Poljane, where five people were killed, farms and houses were in ruins.Red Cross volunteers distributed food, clothes, blankets and hygiene products in the village of 200 inhabitants where almost all of the buildings suffered damage.

"The house is uninhabitable, the roof has sagged, the walls are cracked, the kitchen is destroyed," said Silvana Velic, 29, an unemployed mother of four, visibly in shock."I can't wait for that.this year is coming to an end, just one more day, "she sighs in front of her damaged house.

After spending the first night in his car, his family will be sheltered in a motorhome that has been loaned to him.

Posted Date: 2021-01-19

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