(Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

Exactly nine months have passed since the devastating earthquake that struck Zagreb and the surrounding area, causing approximately 42 billion kuna in damage.

Seven weeks ago, the government, the City of Zagreb, and Zagreb and Krapina-Zagorje Counties, signed an agreement on the post-quake reconstruction fund that would be tasked with rebuild.

Vanđelić called on residents to submit applications for reconstruction to the Physical Planning and Construction Ministry which can then decide on the matter, and the fund can then act accordingly.

According to the fund, applications will be processed according to the time they are received. In the event that there is a large number of applications at the same time, priority will be given to buildings with the most damage.

Reconstruction works are expected to get underway sometime before next summer.

The 22 March earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale, killed a teenage girl in downtown Zagreb and caused serious material damage in the city and two nearby counties. Currently, 12 billion kuna has been made available for the reconstruction as an initial fund coming from the EU Solidarity Fund, plus a US$ 200 million loan provided by the World Bank.

Source: HRT