PES deeply saddened by Albanian earthquake and expresses its condolences with all those affected


Albania earthquake

Rescue teams and firefighters carry a victim found under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 28, 2019, after the strongest earthquake in decades hit the country. The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to strike Albania in decades rose to 40 on November 28 after more bodies were pulled from the wreckage overnight in a tragedy that has wiped out whole families. BELGA/AFP

The Party of European Socialists is deeply saddened by the death and destruction caused by the earthquake in Albania, which has claimed the lives of more than 40 people so far.

The PES expresses its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the dead and injured, and to the hundreds of people who have been displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“We are deeply troubled and saddened by the human loss caused by the earthquake. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the dead and the injured. Our political family shares in the sadness and distress felt by the Albanian people and empathises deeply with all those affected by this cruel tragedy.

“We praise the work and commitment shown by Albania’s institutions and emergency services, and the personal efforts of Prime Minister Edi Rama, who has led the country’s response to the disaster.

“The PES commends Albania’s rescue teams, who have worked tirelessly to save hundreds from the debris. We salute Albania’s neighbours - including Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania - for providing aid at this time of need.”