A devastating earthquake struck Albania on Tuesday November 26. Rescuers continue to look for survivors as subsequent after shocks add to the damage. The official statistics say that 51 people have been killed, 2000 injured, and 4000 made homeless in Albania’s worst earthquake in decades, and an estimated 2365 buildings destroyed. Sadly, the number of fatalities is likely to rise as the response and rescue work continues.
The magnitude-6.4 tremor struck 34 km (21 miles) north-west of Tirana, and most of the deaths occurred in Durres, where Mission Without Borders (MWB) is based, and in the town of Thumane.
Mission Without Border’s local staff were unable to access the Mission office and some of them spent the night in the local football stadium in Durres along with thousands of others made homeless by the disaster. One staff member reported that people were panicking as the tremors continued, with many afraid or unable to return home. They have now been able to contact all the families that we work with and confirm that they are all physically safe.