ZAGREB – Two parallel crises

“We have two parallel crises that contradict each other,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said after an emergency meeting of Croatia’s top officials.

He referred to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the earthquake of a 5.5 Richter magnitude that hit Zagreb on Sunday morning (23 March), assuring the public that authorities had been managing the crisis well. 

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More than 300 buildings were damaged, and about 17 people were hurt in Zagreb’s worst earthquake in 140 years on Sunday morning. Despite rigorous isolation measures and a lockdown due to coronavirus, people were forced to leave their homes and stand in the streets.

Health minister Vili Beroš and Interior Minister Davor Božinović nonetheless urged people to keep the necessary distance.

While soldiers wore protective masks to help clear rubble from the streets, PM Plenković announced that police and military drones will be used to inspect the situation on rooftops and necessary precautions will be taken to prevent further collapse. Citizens with damaged homes will be temporarily placed in the student dorms. (Karla Junicic,

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