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.
THANK YOU dear friends: for helping Albania with the earthquakes.
Gratitude to Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey with their teams assisting in this tragedy.
Over 1,200 tremors in 4 days have taken a heavy toll, but not broken our National Spirit. pic.twitter.com/VDslZC9YNA
— Ervin Bushati (@NiniBushati) November 30, 2019
Dozens of people have reportedly been pulled from the rubble, but it is unknown how many more remain buried.