MSB on site in earthquake-stricken Albania
The MSB expert’s main task is to work on internal and external communication coordination for the EU's response. The team is expected to be at work for about ten days. If there are further needs, the aid may be increased or extended.
"The main role of the team is to work closely with the local authorities to enable and coordinate the incoming support for the earthquake-hit country from the rest of Europe. Our support will also help to assess what needs there are for effective management of the rescue work in close collaboration with the responsible national authorities in Albania. The aid is also expected to contribute to the effective coordination of other international response teams that have arrived in Albania, until the acute phase of disaster management is over,” says Daniel Hjärne, who is project manager for the response at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.
On the night of 25/26 November 2019, an earthquake struck the coast of Albania, 14 km north of Durres and 35 km northwest of Tirana. The earthquake was followed by severe aftershocks. Very powerful tremors were reported from the surrounding area and the earthquake was felt across much of the Balkans, in Greece and in Italy.
The earthquake was the largest in Albania since 1967. Many people have been reported dead and missing.
A couple of hours later in the morning, the government of Albania sent a request through the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) for various types of support to deal with the disaster. MSB has responded to the request and offered a number of types of support to Albania, which resulted in MSB sending a response person.