Caritas Polska has launched aid for the victims of the earthquake in Croatia. PLN 50,000 from the organisation's own funds will be used to support the most affected. A fundraiser was also announced.
It was also assured that Caritas Polska is in constant contact with Caritas Croatia, which is already operating on the spot. "The organisation provides material support in the form of tents, beds, sleeping bags and blankets for people who have been forced to evacuate. The Director of Caritas Croatia, Msgr Fabijan Svalina, is coordinating activities with Bishop Vlado Košić in Sisak and Kristina Radić, director of Caritas Sisak.
"The earthquake that hit (...) the country is a huge tragedy, but at the same time an opportunity for us to show solidarity with the victims. That is why we decided to provide immediate aid and we are now calling for support from the Caritas Polska fundraiser to support the victims of the earthquake in Croatia. I would like to thank all the donors from the bottom of my heart, said the director of Caritas Polska, Fr. Marcin Iżycki.
The epicentre of the earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 was located 3 km from the city of Petrinja, inhabited by 15,000 people and located 47 km south of Zagreb. The tremor was felt all over Croatia and far beyond its borders.
Currently searching the ruins and estimating losses are in progress. According to the local authorities of Petrinja, the city was almost completely destroyed and is uninhabitable.
At least seven people died in the earthquake and 26 were injured.