Life is still far from normal in the areas of Yugoslavia and Albania which were badly hit by a recent series of major earthquakes.
Life is still far from normal in the areas of Yugoslavia and Albania which were badly hit by a recent series of major earthquakes. Although authorities of both countries have been making an all-out effort to clean-up rubble left by the quakes, the task is so enormous it could take many months.
SYNOPSIS: In Albania, the task must seem especially daunting to the many volunteers who have been working to clear large piles of debris by hand. However, these soldiers, who were called in on special duty, seemed to find it all part of a day's work.
Rubble was all that remained from many houses destroyed in Shkoda, a trading centre in northeast Albania. Officials reported that more than ten thousand buildings were damaged or destroyed by the quakes in Albania, and almost four hundred people injured.
The Albanian government is hoping that all the damaged buildings can be repaired, or rebuilt, by the first of October, and has promised to meet all the costs.
However, further tremors have been hampering efforts to clean-up. In one day last week (27 April), ten tremors were recorded, renewing alarm that another major quake could follow. And minor damage caused by the tremors has created even more repair work.