The head of the Earthquake Recovery headquarters Tomo Medved (Photo: HRT) The head of the Earthquake Recovery headquarters Tomo Medved (Photo: HRT)

Cold weather, numerous destroyed houses and difficult living conditions are forcing the Earthquake Recovery Headquarters to work at full steam, and accommodation is still a priority. So far, 850 containers and mobile homes have been installed at priority locations.

“In less than four weeks, out of 45,800 submitted requests, 25,800 buildings in Sisak-Moslavina County have been inspected,” said the head of the Earthquake Recovery Headquarters Tomo Medved. 3,063 red labels have been issued so far and those properties are first on the list for demolition.

“At the end of this week the process will begin to demolish buildings that received a red label and are not safe for living and which engineers, through an additional inspection, will determine as necessary to partially or fully remove. What building will be first in line for demolition, will be determined by experts,” said Medved. 

Works on setting up a container settlement in Petrinja are also starting.

“With today's day we begin with deliveries and preparation of the terrain, after which we will immediately begin installing containers that are at our base in Lekenik and have been prepared to be instantly placed here in Petrinja,” said Medved.

Given the rise in water levels, Medved told citizens that there is currently no risk of floods.

“In places where flood banks were damaged we have repaired them, in 17 places, or we have placed a second line of defence. So as far as a possible risk of flood is concerned, it currently does not exist in this area,” noted Medved.

The Petrinja Open University, which includes the Krsto Hegedušić Gallery, will symbolically join the Night of Museums online this year to show that life in Petrinja has not stopped.

“We have decided to bring out what has remained undamaged from under our couches and in our closets and exhibit our photos. Symbolically the exhibit will be online, meaning there will be no gathering and in this manner we will mark the 16th Night of Museums this year. We are moving on as much as we can, with full piety towards victims. In the end we are all also in damaged houses, we don't know what will happen tomorrow, but we have to continue and always move on,” said program coordinator Jasna Crnković.

Finally, the president of the Sisak-Moslavina County Chamber of Crafts, Adolf Cvanciger, reported that 2,300 craftsmen from the area have already prepared a proposal for assistance measures, including proposals for reinvestment of profits in companies for a certain period and raising compensation for employees from 4,000 to 6,000 kuna, as well as additional points when announcing tenders for the area.

Source: HRT