EU mobilises emergency assistance for Croatia

Commissioner Lenarcic, Petrinja, 30 December.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to assist Croatia in the aftermath of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, following a request for assistance from Croatian authorities on 29 December, EC press service reported.

European Commission’s VP Dubravka Suica and the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic arrived in Zagreb on Wednesday, where they met with PM Andrej Plenkovic, before visiting the hardest hit town Petrinja.

“I am very thankful to countries that have immediately rushed to Croatia's help in these difficult times, Commissioner Lenarcic said.

The earthquake, which hit the central part of the country, has killed several people and caused extensive damage to numerous homes and infrastructure. In an immediate response, the European Commission helped mobilise assistance from various Member States to be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas. Immediate assistance offered by Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey includes much-needed housing containers, winterised tents, sleeping bags, beds, and electrical heaters.

In addition, the EU's Copernicus emergency management service is helping to provide damage assessment maps of the affected areas.

The European Union's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in regular contact with Croatian authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel further EU assistance.

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