The mayor of Durrës, Valbona Sako, resigned in the morning following the controversy derived from her statements on the evening of Saturday 30 November.
Interviewed by the TV station "Top Channel", in fact, Sako expressed herself badly, declaring to be happy with the 50 victims of the earthquake. The mayor of Durrës was obviously referring to the fact that, given the magnitude of the earthquake, the number of victims could be far greater. These are his indicted statements:
"It was a devastating earthquake but we are happy with the 50 victims because in other cases there were more than a thousand victims."- said Sako to Top Channel.
Her words have raised controversy and accusations throughout the country, leading the same mayor to resign today 1 December. The accusations of incapacity to face the post-earthquake situation weigh against her:
"Wounded by the great and negative reaction compared to a comment released in a situation of stress that goes beyond my strength, I resigned from my post.”- Valbona Sako published on her Facebook profile.
The earthquake budget
51 are the victims of the violent earthquake of magnitude 6.4 that on 26 November hit Albania. The earthquake also damaged 237 palaces and 940 housing, leaving 5240 people without a home.
According to the preliminary budget of the government, in Durres there are 176 palaces and 701 buildings damaged, 12 of which completely destroyed; 1260 the displaced, 625 are hosted in hotels and 360 in schools. In Tirana, instead, there are 61 palaces and 239 damaged houses, 23 of which are unusable.
Donation campaign launched by the Albanian State
Strong earthquakes are hitting Albania these days, putting a strain on an entire nation that needs support. If you want to give your contribution, the Albanian State invites everyone to donate on: https://e-albania.al/donate/
The Association of Albanian Banks announces that in full solidarity with the situation created by the November 26 earthquake and in support of all those who wish to contribute with donations, assistance or contributions in favor of the victims, in full collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and economy and the Bank of Albania, announces that any type of transaction, whether in cash or in transfer, in lek or in foreign currency, in favor of open accounts for "Voluntary contributions, emergency" is carried out without commissions. Banks operating in Albania do not charge any commission.