Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

TIRANA, ALBANIA (AP) — Albania’s Prime Minister said on Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others.

Edi Rama said before leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London that he had positive meeting with United States (US) President Donald Trump and other leaders from Europe and Canada and that he received a positive reaction to his aspiration to hold an international donors’ conference.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet that the European Union’s (EU) executive branch has pledged EUR15 million to Albania and that it will help organise a donors’ conference.

The November 26 quake damaged more than 11,000 buildings and left an estimated 12,000 people homeless who are now sheltering in hotels, public buildings, tents, with relatives and in neighbouring Kosovo.

The worst-hit areas were Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians, 30 kilometres west of Tirana, and the nearby northern town of Thumane. Many schools still remain closed.