Response to the earthquakes in Albania
The aim of the intervention is to improve the living conditions of the families affected by the earthquakes in 2019 through the rebuilding/reconstruction of the damaged houses.
• Improve living conditions for at least 140 people (poor households, women, children) affected by the earthquake by enabling the rebuilding of houses with the support of the project
• At least 35 houses that satisfy the requirement of good living conditions are rebuilt in the selected areas affected by the earthquake and handed over to the affected families/owner of the houses
The main beneficiary of the project is the affected community from the earthquakes located in the municipality of Mirdita. At least 35 families/ 140 people will benefit from this project. 50 % of the beneficiaries are women. Also people with disabilities are beneficiaries.
The Intervention focuses on the rebuilding/reconstruction of the houses. This intervention includes the entire process starting from assessment of the situation, design of the houses, procurement, and rebuilding of the houses.
Albania is vulnerable to natural disasters. During the last two years various disasters have occurred: floods in some regions of the country during November 2017, January and March 2018; with blockages from heavy snow in northeast counties during January-February 2018 as well as with the earthquake in Diber region during August 2018.
The most difficult situation was faced this year with three earthquakes on 1 June 2019 (a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in Korca district in southeast of the country), on 21 September 2019 with a magnitude 5.8 of the Richter scale as well as on 26 November 2019 with a magnitude of 6.4 in Durres and Tirana municipalities. The earthquakes claimed the lives of 25 Albanians, injured 800 persons and caused damage to several hundred homes and infrastructure.
Based on a Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA), a report prepared from UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Albania, the Municipality of Mirdita has a total estimation of EUR 4,3 million damages in the housing sector. The affected population from the housing sector damages are in total 2.080 inhabitants, 811 out of them with disabilities.
The scope of this project is to support the Municipality of Mirdita to provide shelter and better living conditions to the citizens and families directly affected by the earthquake who lost their homes.
This project is co-funded by the principality of Liechtenstein with EUR 50,000.