Cranes around the Sisak cathedral (Photo: Edina Zuko/PIXSELL) Cranes around the Sisak cathedral (Photo: Edina Zuko/PIXSELL)

“The earthquake relief headquarters is introducing a long-term system of food provision for the earthquake-affected area,” said headquarters Chief Tomo Medved.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all caterers and businessmen, all people that gave their contribution from the moment of the earthquake until now. But we now have an obligation to come up with a sustainable and legally acceptable manner to secure food in the long term,” said Medved.

“The Pleter Company will be mobilized, which is in full state ownership, and which at this time has all the needed resources to secure the needed quantity of hot and cold meals for all those that will need them,” said Medved's Deputy and Minister of Construction Darko Horvat.

Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Milošević, said that the payment of one-time assistance for residents is beginning, and he also commented on criticism of the work of the headquarters noting that the system is getting everything in order.

“We will absolutely take everything into account, it would be best if we recover from this earthquake because I don't believe it is the time for political bickering, but naturally, with this I don't mean to say that the government and headquarters shouldn't be questioned,” said Milošević.

There are currently about 560 different temporary housing units in the quake-hit area, and an estimated 1,500 are needed. Croatian companies will produce some of the containers, and some of the camper homes will arrive from campsites on the coast.

“After yesterday's meeting an audit of mobile homes that have been installed in our auto-camps is underway, and by the end of this weekend or Monday morning we will have a detailed view of what is appropriate and suitable to help the victims in Sisak-Moslavina County,” said the Director of the Croatian Tourism Association Veljko Ostojić.

Miroslav Škoro, Deputy Parliament Speaker and leader of the Homeland Movement, visited Banovina and said that he will support the establishment of an investigative commission for post-war reconstruction.

“We will naturally support this commission. We will support it for the reason that we believe facts need to be determined. However we express concern because all commissions until now have functioned along the lines of "if you don't want something to happen and facts to be determined, then form a commission",” said Škoro.

Firefighters continued to remove the fifty-meter-high bell tower of the Sisak Cathedral, which was postponed yesterday due to bad weather.

“It is actually very dangerous, because the tower is in an unstable state, a demolished state and decayed state. We are currently working on securing a platform to which cables will be tied that will later be used to lower the tower,” said Marko Adamčić from the Zagreb Public Fire Brigade.

The intention is to remove the upper part of the bell tower in the first phase, and later the remaining part.

Source: HRT