“I believe that it is realistic to expect that the reconstruction process will be launched in March or April,” Medved told the HRT public broadcaster, stressing that one had to take into account aftershocks that still happened on a daily basis.
“We have to be patient, wait for aftershocks to calm but until then we will complete all preparations – the law (on post-earthquake reconstruction), damage assessment, reconstruction plan,” said Medved.
He noted that three companies currently worked on demolishing buildings in the county that had been damaged beyond repair.
“More than 3,000 buildings have been found unfit for use and they are now being thoroughly inspected. The removal of those buildings which structural engineers eventually find unfit for reconstruction… will be given priority,” he said.