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WCC expresses sympathy with people in Croatian capital in wake of earthquake

WCC expresses sympathy with people in Croatian capital in wake of earthquake

Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC

22 March 2020

After an earthquake rocked Croatia's capital Zagreb, the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed sympathy with people who lost their homes.

Several buildings in the centre of Zagreb and also a few old churches throughout the city were seriously damaged, while a turret of a cathedral fell down after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit Zagreb and its surroundings at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday morning. Several aftershocks have also been felt.

In Zagreb, people fled apartments and took to the streets while parts of the capital experienced electricity cuts. Several fires were also reported

“We are saddened by the images of the devastation and the stories of families displaced after their homes and church buildings were affected,” said  WCC  general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. “Be assured that you and your people are in our prayers in this time of sorrow. When there is an earthquake at the same time when there is a global pandemic, then it's a much more complex situation.”

Member churches in Croatia