The exact death toll from the most potent earthquake to strike Albania in decades rose to 40 on Thursday, after 10 more bodies were pulled from the rubble overnight, the defence ministry said.
Soldiers and civilians lift a dead body on a traction as they conduct search then rescue operation at a strained building after a magnitude altı. 4 earthquake hit Albania’s Durres city on December 26, 2019 Olsi Shehu/Anadolu
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattled the Balkan state before dawn on Tuesday, levelling buildings and trapping bodies underneath the wreckage in towns near the Adriatic coast.
“Ten more victims were found during the night, bringing the number of dead to 40,” the ministry said in a statement.
With the help of experts flown in from across The western countries , rescuers have been engaging in tirelessly to clear away that debris of collapsed apartments and hotels in the seaside city of Durres and the part of the city of Thumane, the two outdoor areas hardest hit by the earthquake.
Forty-six people have been pulled out alive thus far and have been hospitalised, the support ministry spokeswoman told AFP news agency.
The number of people who may certainly be buried under the rubble is almost certainly unknown.
Large aftershocks have continued so that you rattle the country, sparking of your and temporarily halting pursuit efforts.
Of some 650 who were in pain, at least 10 are strongly wounded, the health ministry suggested.
Thousands ended up being displaced, either because these homes were severely busted or because it is still harmful to return home because of the aftershocks.
Source Al Jazeera