Albania: Earthquake - Nov 2019Ongoing
The 6.4 magnitude quake struck just before 4 a.m., 34 kilometres northwest of Tirana, Albania’s capital, and has killed 16 people and injured more than 600, according to the government. There are reports of severe damage to infrastructure, and several buildings have collapsed in Thumane and Durres, with people still thought to be trapped inside. (IFRC, 26 Nov 2019)
According to reports from the Albanian Ministry of Defence, at least 21 people have died in Durrës City and Thumanë Town following the 6.4 M earthquake on 26 November. More than 600 people are injured and 1,200 others were evacuated in Thumanë, Tiranë, Durrës, Krujë and Lezhë. Hundreds of buildings have partially or completely collapsed. (ECHO, 27 Nov 2019)
Appeals & Response Plans
Most read reports
- WHO: Health needs top priority after Albania’s devastating quake. 10 Dec 2019
- Save the Children: Albania: 9,000 children in need following devastating earthquake. 29 Nov 2019
- IFRC: Red Cross teams providing urgent medical assistance, food and water for earthquake survivors. 26 Nov 2019
- WAM: UAE airlifts life-saving supplies to earthquake victims in Albania. 9 Dec 2019
- IFRC: Emergency appeal Albania: Earthquake n° MDRAL008. 3 Dec 2019
During the evening of November 25, Piro, a young architect from Tirana, Albania, had just finished setting up the Christmas tree at his home. "I fixed it firmly so it could survive an earthquake," he joked with his fiancée. A few hours later, just before dawn, a massive jolt shook their building. The strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Western Albania lasted for nearly 30 seconds.
Thousands of people displaced and sheltered
Like Piro, many Albanians rushed out from their homes in the middle of the night. Many were in fear, often without any belongings.
26th November 2019, (03:54)
20,000 potentially affected
49 reported fatalities
675 reported injuries
Humanity First Germany (HF) with assistance of volunteers from Albania and Kosovo are currently providing humanitarian assistance to affected people in the Ishem Village which is 25 KM away from city Dorres. In total currently 16 volunteers are assisting
Services provided by HF Germany are:
DUBAI, 9th December, 2019 (WAM) -- The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with International Humanitarian City, IHC, has airlifted life-saving supplies to victims of the Albanian earthquake.
Promptly distributing food packages and blankets to those in need in Thumane and Durres, two cities hardest hit by the earthquake in Albania, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) continues to support the Albanian people.
The day after the earthquake, 1500 food packages and 1500 blankets have been distributed to those in need in the cities of Durres, Thumane, Fushë-Krujë, Kavajë, Tirana, and Shijak. The local authorities in the cities of Fushë-Krujë, Kavajë, and Shijak thanked TİKA, which was first to arrive and help the earthquake victims.
On his first field visit as Europe’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, is in Albania on 5 December to assess the damage after the earthquake which struck the country on 26 November.
This follows yesterday’s announcement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, of €15 million in EU funds to support the Albanian people following the devastating earthquake.
TIRANA, 4th December, 2019 (WAM) -- The UAE has embarked on relief operations in support of 555,000 quake-stricken Albanians, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and under the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent.
“Hungary is providing assistance to Albania towards the elimination of the damage caused by the recent major earthquake”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on London on Tuesday.
Mr. Szijjártó, who was in the British capital attending a high-level meeting to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of NATO, told Hungarian public media: “Following the natural disaster, the Albanian government and the Catholic Archbishopric of Tirana both requested assistance from the Hungarian government”.
Bern, 03.12.2019 - With the region repeatedly shaken by aftershocks, the rapid response team sent by Swiss Humanitarian Aid (part of the SDC) to the Tirana/Durres area is pursuing three lines of action: The specialists are assessing the stability of damaged houses, aid deliveries have started, and people in the affected areas are to receive financial support.
This preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 3 million Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Albanian Red Cross (ARC) to deliver direct assistance and support to 10,000 people for a period of 12 months and 50,000 people through community-based activities, with a focus on the following areas of focus and strategy for implementation: Shelter; Livelihoods and basic needs; Health; Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI); Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and …
On the night of 26 November 2019, the Republic of Albania was hit by a violent earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale. Dozens of victims lost their lives and hundreds were injured. In the affected areas around the port city of Durres, many houses have been damaged. Through the emergency mechanism B-FAST, relief workers were immediately ready to respond positively to a call for international assistance from the affected country. After a few days of site assessments by specialists from the European Union, the need for temporary shelter in particular turned out to be very large.
- According to the Albanian authorities the death toll has reached 51. Almost 2,000 people are known to be temporarily accommodated in hotels and state buildings.
- The EU Civil Protection Team (EUCPT) continues to operate in Tirana and Durrës with the main focus on the damage assessment and delivery of relief items.
- The Damage Assessment Coordination Cell dispatched 38 structural engineers to the field on 1 December. 8 Italians and 16 Greek engineers were offered through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Tirana/Budapest/Geneva, 2 December 2019 – At least 4,000 people remain homeless nearly a week after a devastating 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Albania. The earthquake, which struck on 26 November, killed 51 people and directly affected 100,000 people, according to the Albanian Red Cross.
Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), in cooperation with Qatar Charity, responded urgently to the earthquake that struck several cities including Durres, Fura and Kavaya in Albania. Relief items such as beds, blankets, hot meals and food baskets, as well as winter blankets and winter clothes, were distributed to the earthquake victims.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Albania, HE Mr. Hamad bin Ali Al Marri, met with Mrs. Valbona Sako, Mayor of Durres Governorate, who thanked the State of Qatar and Qatar Charity for the support provided to the Republic of Albania.
- According to the Albanian authorities the death toll has reached 49. Almost 2,000 people are known to be temporarily accommodated in hotels and state buildings.
- Search and rescue (SAR) operations were officially declared terminated on Friday 29 November.
On 26 November, an earthquake severely hit Durres in Albania. Around 50 people died and more than 900 were injured. Many families have lost their homes. As a result, many people are crossing the border into neighbouring Kosovo, where they can find temporary shelters in camps. For instance, in one day, the border city of Gjakova welcomed over 200 people.
- The government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will extend 300,000 USD in humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Albania which has suffered casualties and property damage caused by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on November 26.
- The earthquake has left about 30 people dead and about 700 injured (as of November 27).
- As a responsible member of the international community, the ROK government will continue to expand humanitarian assistance to join global efforts to help countries and people to overcome losses from natural disasters.
Following the earthquake that struck Albania on 26 November, EADRCC has received today (28 November 2019) a request for international assistance from that country.
The earthquake that occurred North-West of Tirana has caused loss of lives (more than 30 and the number is expected to increase) and a large number of wounded (more than 700). People remain trapped under collapsed structures and there is significant damage to infrastructure including residential areas and other facilities.
Children and families displaced by Tuesday's earthquake shelter in Durres.
As strong quakes and aftershocks continue in Albania, thousands of children and their families – some of whom saw their homes destroyed in Tuesday’s earthquake – need vital support, Save the Children warned today.
At least four children are among the 40 people known to have died and at least 675 people are wounded. Search and rescue missions are continuing and more victims are expected to be found in the rubble.
20,000 people including 9,000 children have been affected by earthquake.*
On Thursday, November 28, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (tents and sleeping pads) to the Republic of Albania, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Albania following serious damages caused by the earthquake in the Republic of Albania.
The Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view as well as in light of the friendly relationship between Japan and the Republic of Albania.
Rescue teams in Albania scrambled through mountains of rubble on November 28 in the hope of finding survivors of a powerful earthquake that claimed at least 40 lives.
Hundreds of people were preparing to spend a third night outside, sleeping in cars or in tents erected by charities, after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake -- the strongest in decades -- struck early on November 26 northwest of the capital, Tirana.