ZAGREB, March 22 (Hina) – Interior Minister and head of the National Civil Protection Authority Davor Bozinovic said on Sunday that residents in the inner centre of Zagreb whose homes were damaged by the earthquake and cannot return to their homes for safety reasons would be accommodated in the Cvjetno Naselje student dormitory.
“At the moment there are 20 engineers in the field testing the statics of buildings to see which one can be occupied and those that will need repairs,” Bozinovic told Hina.
He added that according to initial assessments about 1,000 people would not be able to return to their homes for the time being.
If no new tremors occur there won’t be any need for additional accommodation
“The student dorm has a capacity of 1,800 places and if there are no new tremors, there will not be any need for additional premises,” said Bozinovic.
He informed that he was in constant contact with his European counterparts and commissioners for civil protection and interior affairs.
“We’ve sent an application to the EU mechanism for crisis situations and the European Commission for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic has informed me that aid is being collected at the EU level and it will be delivered to Croatia,” Bozinovic said.
The Culture Ministry said numerous cultural and historical buildings were damaged.
The Zagreb Crisis Management Centre organised free meals for citizens who could not return to their homes to be distributed at three locations in the city centre.