Region Voices Solidarity With Quake-Hit Croatian Capital

Messages of support and offers of help have poured into Croatia after Sunday's earthquake of at least 5.3 magnitudes, which hit the capital and injured dozens of people as well as damaging buildings.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Sunday said he had been in contact with a large number of colleagues "expressing their readiness to support", including Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, as well as Janez Jansa, Viktor Orban and Sebastian Kurz, leaders of nearby Slovenia, Hungary and Austria.

Blok 22, dan 5 #aplauz#Zagreb mislimo na vas, i sve na frontu borbe protiv #coronavirus

— Dobrica Veselinović (@dobrinacelnik) March 22, 2020

"My thoughts are with the people of Croatia following the devastating earthquake this morning. I just assured Andrej Plenkovic that the EU stands with our friends and is ready to offer help and assistance," Michel tweeted on Sunday.

Slovenia on Sunday decided to send emergency help to Zagreb, Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin confirmed to the media. The country is sending ten equipped tents that can hold up to 80 people, sleeping bags and heaters.

At a service in the Vatican on Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the Croatian people and asked Christ to give them strength and solidarity.

Support for the citizens of Zagreb has also come from many ordinary people in the neighbouring countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

On Sunday evening, residents of Belgrade and Sarajevo went out to their windows and balconies and applauded medical staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, but also "citizens and friends from Zagreb".


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