Croatian Red Cross has set up donation account: The earth continues to shake in Croatia – help for earthquake victims rolls on

Earthquake Croatia in the region Petrinja / Sisak: Countless houses destroyed
The earthquake in the Petrinja and Sisak area destroyed countless houses. The Croatian Red Cross set up a donation account for the earthquake victims.

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A wave of relief is making itself felt after the severe earthquake in the Croatian region around Petrinja, which has so far claimed the lives of at least seven people. The Croatian Red Cross has set up a donation account for the earthquake victims.

High number of aftershocks

With more than half of the houses in Petrinja and surrounding towns and villages collapsed or at high risk of collapse in some places, most residents spent the night from Tuesday to Wednesday outdoors despite temperatures around freezing. The fear of further earth tremors was absolutely not unfounded. According to media reports, the quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale was followed by more than 66 tremors, although these were much weaker. As late as New Year’s Eve morning, the official authorities registered a quake with a magnitude of 3.2, further complicating the rescue forces’ sometimes dangerous work.

Earthquake Croatia in the region Petrinja / Sisak: Many houses uninhabitable
A delicate mission for the rescue forces – aftershocks repeatedly create danger in the search for missing persons in the heavily damaged buildings.

Strong cohesion of the Croatian people

As reports from the emergency services indicated, the affected region presented a picture of horror, but the great wave of willingness to help that immediately started from many parts of Croatia, but also from abroad, showed the earthquake victims that they can rely on the cohesion of the Croatian people, but also on the European Union, in their time of need.

Heavy clearing equipment on the ground

Heavy clearing equipment was still being shipped to the affected regions from many parts of Slovenia and Croatia on Tuesday to recover more buried victims and clear roads for rescue vehicles. To alleviate the acute housing shortage, many Croatians offered shelters and vacation homes to their compatriots whose homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake.

Mobile shelters also from Slovenia and Austria

However, most of those affected by the earthquake preferred to stay on site and help with the cleanup. In order to provide them with warm, dry and safe shelters at least for the night, a convoy of caravans and mobile homes from Porec/Istria arrived in the earthquake zone already on Wednesday morning. In addition, Austria and Slovenia also provided a larger amount of mobile shelters.

Over 100 soldiers and countless volunteers on the ground in action

More than 100 Croatian soldiers are participating in the cleanup efforts, with additional relief workers arriving hourly in the earthquake zone. Remarkable, they told SeaHelp editors, is the great solidarity of the Croatians and the fact that the willingness of the population to help goes across the generations.

 

Earthquake Croatia in the region Petrinja / Sisak: Collapsed roofs and walls
“Like after being attacked with a nuclear bomb” – this is how the mayor of Petrinja described the state of his town after the earthquake.

 

Croatian Red Cross donation account for earthquake victims

Looking at the pictures SeaHelp editors received on Wednesday, one can imagine the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake. But when the last excavators have eventually left, those affected, who have lost their homes, apartments and furnishings, are usually left with a large portion of the damage. And especially in this economically weak region, it is difficult for people to even halfway absorb the damage.

The Croatian Red Cross has therefore called on its Internet page directly to donations for the earthquake victims of Petrinja and Sisak, with corresponding account numbers: Here he text (translated from English):

Notes on donations and assistance for the people affected by the earthquake in Petrinja and Sisak

Donation Account Croatian Red Cross
GiroCode Donation Account Croatian Red Cross

 

Holidaymakers who have spent the best days of the year in Croatia so far, can do a lot of good in this way with a small donation for the people of the Petrinja and Sisak region and give back some of the hospitality they have received in Croatia in recent years. Perhaps by making a small donation, you will let the Croatians, who were affected not only by Corona but also by the earthquake, feel your appreciation. Even if it is only the amount that was saved by the ban on firecrackers on New Year’s Eve – it would be well invested.

 

Earthquake Croatia in the region Petrinja / Sisak: High property damage also to cars
Not only houses, but also the vehicles of local residents took considerable damage in the earthquake.

 
The SeaHelp editorial team would like to thank Siniša Pašić for providing the photos.

 

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