Search and rescue operations end in Albania after major earthquake

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, rescuers from Romania operate at a collapsed building after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Durres, western Albania. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

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UPDATED 2:10 PM PT — Saturday, November 30, 2019

Search and rescue operations have come to an end in Albania after a devastating earthquake hit the Balkan nation earlier this week. On Saturday, the country’s prime minister announced that officials had concluded their search for survivors, leaving the current death toll at 50.

“The number of the earthquake victims reached 50 and rescue operations have ended,” stated Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

About 2,000 people were injured and at least 4,000 are now homeless after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit near the country’s capital, leaving residents traumatized.

At the moment when the earthquake struck, I wasn’t scared at all. But when I went out and saw the horror, I became petrified. Even now, as we speak, I am not at all well. When I saw all that destruction, all those lost lives…my friend, it is unbelievable.” – Tahir Halili, resident of Albania

The government is providing financial assistance to families of the deceased and giving special pensions to the elderly and children.

The people of Albania have been receiving help from more than a dozen countries, including the U.S. and Greece.

Dozens of people have reportedly been pulled from the rubble, but it is unknown how many more remain buried.

Related: 40 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Albania Earthquake

A collapsed building is seen between other houses in Durres, western Albania, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)