Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milošević, said on Saturday the people affected by the 29 December earthquake should not worry about heating bills but rather focus on staying warm.
Speaking in Petrinja, Milošević said "it was never in question to relieve people as much as possible so they don't think about heating bills. We are aware that people here primarily use wood for heating, which they can't do in mobile homes and containers."
Milošević said the Red Cross had distributed more than 2,200 heaters. "That's the only way they can be warm and that's why we are working towards relieving them of that kind of cost."
He said everyone who needed a heater should contact the Red Cross or the other humanitarian organisations active in the area.
Asked about a decision to write off energy bills for the people in earthquake-hit areas, Milošević said the government was expected to adopt a conclusion to that end on Monday. "It certainly applies to heating costs. As for water, local utilities are in charge. We'll talk about it."