EU Civil Protection Mechanism activated for Albania

Photo: EPA Italian rescue team search for survivors in the rubble of a building after an earthquake hit Durres, Albania, 27 November.

Following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Albania on 26 November, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated at the request of the Albanian authorities.

“Search and rescue teams from Italy, Greece and Romania are already on their way,” Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said on Wednesday. He also thanks Hungary, Germany, Croatia, France, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Turkey for their offers of assistance. The Copernicus system has been activated for the production of satellite images of the affected zones, and the EU's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in contact with the Albanian authorities and continues to monitor the situation. Additional EU assets are on standby should they be needed. The EU will also deploy a Civil Protection Team to help the authorities coordinate the response and assess the damage.



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