Petrinja Mayor Dumbović: New Damage in Latest Tremor, No Injuries Reported

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Ariel footage of Petrinja after the December 29 quake
Ariel footage of Petrinja after the December 29 quake

“The earthquake showed all its might and anything that was left in the city, that could fall down, was felt and heard. Roof tiles and other material fell off houses on to the streets,” Dumbović told a local radio broadcaster.

He underscored that villages around Glina suffered a lot of damage, “a lot of houses were damaged.” “So many houses are damaged it’s horrific,” said Dumbović.

He said that 52 local government units had reported huge damage in that area and underlined that the area needs to determine priorities for the devastated economic, social and public infrastructure.

The state needs to do all it can for every person to remain here, he added.

State doesn’t need to treat the county as one requiring special care

Dumbović said that the state doesn’t need to treat the country as one requiring special care “because in the over-centralised state, that is a true example that there has not been any assistance here.”

“The state never saw us in our true form as where the homeland was created,” he claimed.

The head of the energy department in the Ministry of Economy, Kristina Čelić stressed that the national electricity provider HEP was doing everything it could to repair the electricity grid in earthquake-hit areas.

She noted that the government and HEP had agreed to exempt citizens in these areas from electricity bills for the next three months.

Asked whether that referred to people whose homes were labelled red or yellow, Čelić said that that decision was up to local government units.

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