Latvia provides EUR 70,000 relief to quake-stricken Albania

  • 2019-12-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia today made a contribution of EUR 70,000 to help Albania deal with the damage caused by a devastating earthquake, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. 

In accordance with the  Cabinet of Minister’s decision of 3 December, the money has been provided from state budget's emergency funds. 

The funds were paid to the Albanian Ministry of Finance and Economy in support of its efforts to respond to the urgent needs of the people of Albania and facilitate recovery from the earthquake, the ministry said. 

On November 26, 2019, Albania was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake. As the result, 50 people have died and several hundred have been injured, while thousands have been left homeless. The earthquake caused vast damage to infrastructure. 

Latvia recently provided humanitarian aid to Albania when the same region of the country was affected by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on September 21, with intense rainfall and flooding making the situation worse.