Zagreb appeals for help to recover from lockdown earthquake

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The Mayor of Zagreb, one of Europe’s leading child-friendly cities, has called for financial support to help recover from the major earthquake that shook the Croatian capital on 22 March.

The 5.5 magnitude earthquake was the strongest to hit the city in 140 years, killing one 15-year-old boy, injuring many more, and causing almost £5m worth of damage. Many buildings in the capital cracked, and walls and rooftops were damaged. Streets were littered with debris. Concrete slabs fell on cars and chimneys landed in front of building entrances.

Already in lockdown to combat Covid-19, the city is now attempting to recover from two major crises.

“many of our schools were severely damaged in the earthquake”

Milan Bandić, Mayor of Zagreb

In a letter to the European Network for Child Friendly Cities, who worked with the city on the 2012 Child in the City conference, the Mayor, Milan Bandić, said:

“Due to Covid-19, children are already at home doing distance-leaming, and the city of Zagreb is coordinating with the Ministry of Science and Education so as to provide the appropriate education and support for pupils and students during both the Covid-l9 pandemic and the earthquake.

“With many of our schools being severely damaged in the earthquake, the renovation of these facilities, and making them as earthquake-resistant as possible, will be a priority. Counselling for our children by our healthcare and education professionals is being developed and implemented”.

“As Mayor, I issued a Declaration of Natural Disaster in the City of Zagreb due to the Earthquake (and) opened an account for…earthquake reconstruction. Many states and cities, some who are members of our network, have already come forward in supporting us during this difficult situation”.

City of Zagreb Earthquake Appeal

To contribute to the reconstruction of Zagreb, including earthquake-proofing its schools, please donate here by international transfer:

IBAN HR5723600001502749340

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