At today's joint press conference, February 5, the Albanian minister Bledi Cuci, during the presentation of the Post Disaster Assessment Report (PDNA), revealed the amount of damage caused by the November 26 earthquake: € 985 million.
The event was attended by EU ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, UN permanent coordinator in Albania, Brian J. Williams and representatives of the World bank. A donor conference organized by the European Commission for Albania following the tragic earthquake of 26 November will be held in Brussels on 17 February.
A high budget for Albania
The report was prepared by around 90 people, including 60 foreign and local experts, as well as officials from Albanian institutions, who were able to complete the evaluation report on 30 January 2020 with a timeliness never seen before. A 45-day work, without interruption, so that this certified document was ready to be presented to international institutions.
“The PDNA report is compiled according to EU, WB and UNDP standards and with the same methodology used in other natural disasters around the world. The report is provided by data through the online verification and communication system. This system was built in record time, and with the same speed we checked over 50.000 buildings, which represent 80% of the buildings totally damaged by the earthquake, and we surveyed 100% of all dangerous buildings. The mayors made a great contribution in that, in parallel with this process, 4 surveys were conducted in all 3 districts to identify the socio-economic consequences of families and businesses. The experts involved in this process, based on widely accepted methodologies, estimated damages for an amount of 985.074.906 Euros ".
The EU ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, said the earthquake damage balance is high, but expressed confidence in the Donor conference of 17 February in Brussels.
“With our civil protection mechanism, we have managed to offer our help, to give our support. Everything we have been able to do to help Albanians certainly makes us proud as a European Union. A complete needs assessment was made. Now is the third stage. This document will be shared with international bodies that have been looking forward to finding out the damage estimate. " Soreca said.
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