18:41 / 28.12.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatia marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Petrinja

Construction Minister Darko Horvat

Construction Minister Darko Horvat

Foto: Matija Habljak / PIXSELL

One year has passed since an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit the town of Petrinja. One day later a second, stronger quake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, claimed seven lives and caused upwards of five billion Euros in damages.

On the occasion Petrinja is hosting the "Earthquake Engineering Days" with a focus on quality project documentation. Construction, Spatial Planning and State Property Minister, Darko Horvat: "Not one step will be made without asking the experts first. Including this last technical regulation, which is the last bylaw that we have to adopt in order to be able to issue tenders here in Banovina. It is in its final stages, and believe me when I say, so long as it is not ironed out and presented by experts to us as politicians, it will not be presented to government and it will not be debated in public."

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition SDP, Peđa Grbin, also visited Sisak and Petrinja today. Grbin noted that individuals, associations, entrepreneurs, municipalities, cities and counties, not government, are responsible for what has been achieved so far in Sisak-Moslavina County. He also commented on the Sisak-Moslavina County Social and Economic Revitalization Program adopted yesterday: "Without state and government involvement the reconstruction cannot be complete. And if we continue at this rate, then next year, five years from now and ten years from now we will be witness to these same ruins and a region in which people do not have a viable future. The Revitalization Plan was presented yesterday, and it's at least six months late in coming. But at closer inspection the plan does not offer people a future, because it only recycles projects that they have failed to implement over the past thirty years."

Also on Tuesday, the Croatian Red Cross presented a report on the collection and distribution of donations to those affected by the earthquake, which includes tons of food, hygiene supplies and more than 730 thousand liters of potable water. All of this was distributed by 1 600 Red Cross employees and more than 5 000 volunteers from throughout the country. The Executive Director of the Croatian Red Cross, Robert Markt: "A massive job has also been achieved in terms of handing out distributing heaters, blankets and mattresses. Meaning everything that the victims of the earthquake, those who lost their homes, needed to live in their containers or other form of temporary housing."

Source: HRT

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