Orbán offers assistance to earthquake-hit Croatia

Orbán offers assistance to earthquake-hit Croatia

Israel has offered humanitarian aid to Croatia following a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster that struck the European nation on Tuesday. Together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Interior Davor Božinović they will then visit the hardest hit town Petrinja.

The same area was struck by a magnitude-5.2 quake on Monday.

Rescuers raced to search for survivors amid strong aftershocks after Croatia's worst quake in 140 years killed seven people and devastated cities and towns in one of the nation's poorest regions.

Five men were also killed in a nearby village, local officials said, while another man was buried beneath debris in a church in the village of Zazina, the priest told state news agency HINA.

- The quake was also felt in Zagreb where people rushed onto the streets, including at one of the city's main hospitals, leaving many patients sitting in chairs on the street wrapped in blankets.

Video from Al Jazeera Balkans showed one of its correspondents reporting from the town of Petrinja as the area is struck by an aftershock.

Emergency teams used rescue dogs while looking for survivors, while family members looked on in despair.

Rescue workers sifted through the rubble on Wednesday to make sure there were no more people trapped after an natural disaster in central Croatia that killed seven people and destroyed scores of homes and other buildings.

"My town has been completely destroyed".

"This morning we were hit by the third, if not the fourth quake", Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic said on state TV.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbovic, told regional broadcaster N1 that "half of the city no longer exists".

"It was disgusting, a shock, you don't know what to do, whether to run out or hide somewhere", she told The Associated Press.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said 120 million kunas (around 1.5 million euros) of emergency aid would be sent to the most affected areas. Its epicenter was Petrinja, a town located in the central part of the country.

Health officials said a baby was delivered in a tent in front of the hospital in the aftermath of the quake.

The series of aftershocks jangled nerves in towns south of Zagreb where Tuesday's major 6.4-magnitude flattened village homes, left gaping holes in buildings and crushed cars under mountains of bricks.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) head Josip Granic said on Wednesday that over the night HGSS members had visited 84 villages and hamlets in areas struck by yesterday's 6.2 quake, finding no one under rubble or in need of emergency assistance.

"We stand with Croatia", she said.

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