• Emergency assistance after earthquake

Emergency assistance after earthquake

4 June 2019

On Saturday 1 June, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck the southeastern part of Albania. Some sixty houses were damaged and four local people were injured. The quake took place near the town of Floq, near the location where A.Hak and their joint venture partner Spiecapag are working on the Transadriatic Pipeline (TAP).

The TAP project management took immediate action to provide assistance. Shortly after the quake, 180 packed lunches and a supply of drinking water were delivered. Meal packages were also provided for the evening and the following morning. Blankets, pillows and towels were provided for the night and chemical toilets were installed.

Although the earthquake was followed by a number of major aftershocks, the working location of the TAP team does not seem to be in danger. The fact that the team members stay there in light, temporary accommodation, which moves with the tremors rather than being damaged, ensured that there was no damage in the camp.

The team members are happy to have been able to help the shocked population. In any case, the project is characterised by social involvement. There are many jobs for people from the area. 

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