At least 29 people have died after the
6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Albanian coastal town of Durres on Tuesday. Albanian
rescuers healed by earch-and-rescue teams of neighbouring countries, are today
continuing their search for survivors after working through the night to
retrieve victims of the country’s worst earthquake in decades.
On Wednesday morning rescue teams found
two bodies in Thumane, a locality hit the most by the earthquake. Albanian
Minister of Defence Olta Xhacka said that Italy, France, Romania, Turkey,
Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia sent 200 specialised troops,
tools and teams of tracker dogs to help the relief effort. Albania declared
national day of mourning today, whereas the prime minister Edi Rama declared on
Wednesday morning the state of emergency in Thumane and Durres. The quake was
centred 30km (19 miles) west of Tirana, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said,
and was also felt in several neighbouring countries and beyond, including in
the southern Italian region of Puglia across the Adriatic Sea from Albania.