UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Rescuers searching for debris after the violent earthquake in Albania have found 10 new bodies, bringing the death toll to 40, the Albanian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The 6.4-magnitude quake, the strongest in decades in the Balkan region of Albania, struck at dawn on Tuesday, destroying entire buildings while several residents were trapped under the rubble.
“We found 10 new victims at night,” the ministry said. “The death toll has risen to forty.”
Rescue teams have found 46 survivors taken to hospitals in the capital Tirana, but hopes of recovering survivors among those trapped under the debris are diminishing.
Continuous aftershocks complicate the work of rescue teams.
About 650 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, the health ministry said.
Albanian authorities have declared a state of emergency in the two worst-hit towns of Durres, on the Adriatic Sea and Tomani north of the capital.
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