More Than 7,000 Buildings to Be Assessed for Damage

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ZAGREB, March 23, 2020 – Construction and Physical Planning Minister Predrag Štromar said on Monday that more than 7,000 buildings would be assessed for damage after a strong earthquake hit Zagreb on Sunday, and that 150 civil engineers were currently on the ground.

“All buildings will be visited and all analyses will be made in a few days,” said Štromar, commending the Chamber of Civil Engineers for offering volunteers.

Štromar said he did not have final figures on the number of damaged facilities and that reports were still coming in.

Following analyses, lasting solutions will be defined, but the current accommodation capacity is sufficient to provide for all citizens who cannot stay in their apartments, he said.

Štromar said that apart from Zagreb also affected by the quake was Krapina-Zagorje County where statics experts had also been sent, and he called on other towns to report possible damage as well.

The minister thanked the Croatian Chamber of Architects, which is already assisting in making projects for the reconstruction of damaged buildings.

The ministry said today that State Secretary Danijel Meštrić was positive for coronavirus after he was tested on March 20.

He has been hospitalised in Varaždin with milder symptoms. People who were in contact with him – five ministry employees – are in self-isolation.

More news about the earthquake can be found in the Lifestyle section.


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