"Durres will never be the same city again"

Mission Without Borders responds to the earthquake in Albania

“The overall situation is one of sadness and shock..”

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.

Our programme staff are out in the community supporting affected families and distributing much needed help including food and hygiene items. The emotional and spiritual support they provide is also vital at such a time of crisis.

We are working alongside the Evangelical Alliance and other aid agencies such as the Red Cross who have been mobilised to respond to this disaster.

Currently we are distributing the food, clothing and hygiene items that we have available, in addition a lorry of goods is currently being prepared to be sent from our International warehouse in Romania with additional relief supplies.  More will be sent as soon as we can assess what is most needed.

MWB is uniquely rooted within communities in Albania and our local staff maintain close relationships with the families and people we work with. As such we are committed to support those affected by the earthquake as long as the need remains.

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650 people are currently known to have been injured, and 26 killed in Albania's worst earthquake in decades

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