Relying on its own forces, without any aid from abroad, Albania liquidated completely the consequences of the powerful earthquake which hit this country on the 15th of April 1979.
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Background: Relying on its own forces, without any aid from abroad, Albania liquidated completely the consequences of the powerful earthquake which hit this country on the 15th of April 1979.
As is known, on the 15th of April,1979, a devastating a earthquake hit the South West Balkans, Montenegro, and Northern Albania. In Albania, this earthquake caused big losses in lives, razed to the ground entire villages, a whole quarter of the city of Shkodra as well as a good part of the city of Lezha. 35 people died, 382 were injured and more than 100,000 people in the Northern part of Albania were left homeless. This was a grave disaster for the entire albanian people, caused by the blind forces of nature.
But immediately, on that same day, the whole of albania rose to its feet, and with the self sacrificing work of the residents of those zones, of the volunteers from all over the country, as well as with the outstanding aid which the state accorded, within five months, a record time, the consequences of the earthquake were entirely eliminated, relying completely on our own forces and without any aid from abroad. This is a magnificent victory of the line of the Party of Labour of Albanian, the state and the Albanian people. For a mere five months, the ruins were transformed into beautiful houses and multi-storied buildings and now, everything is far more beautiful than before the 15th of april. Everything was carried out very quickly.
All expenditure for the construction of these houses was met by the state. The families who moved into these new houses did not pay anything for them, and they will never pay any rent, because these houses constructed by the state became the personal property of the families themselves.
These last few days,the whole of Northern Albania has been in festivity,because,to celebrate the successful completion of the work to liquidate the consequences of the earthquake,together with the people, Comrade Enver Hoxha, the First secretary of the PLA, the leader of the Albanian people and comrades Mehmet Shehu, Haxhi Lleshi Ramiz Alia, Adil Charchani and other comrades had come to this zone. Everywhere, Comrade Enver Hoxha was welcomed with songs and dances, with enthusiastic cheers and thunderous applause. First of all they visited the city of Lezha, which had been reconstructed following the earthquake. At a mass meeting organized on this occasion, Comrade Mehmet shehu, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, took the floor. A monument was also unveiled dedicated to the self-sacrificing work of the people for the construction of the new buildings.
The next day, comrade enver Hoxha, together with the other leaders, went to the city of Shkodra, the biggest city of north Albania, which during the 15th of April earthquake suffered the destruction of an entire city quarter. Everywhere, the ??? city lined the streets to welcome the beloved leader.
On the following day. precisely in that city quarter which was destroyed during the 15th of april earthquake, today, entirely reconstructed, Comrade Enver Hoxha and other party and state leaders paid a visit. Comrade Enver Hoxha addressed a mass meeting organized on this occasion: ???
'On the 15th of April of this year the earthquake killed and wounded many of our brothers and sisters, it hit 500 villages and some ??? rendering unusable more than 17 thousand houses, economic and socio-cultural objects, and as a consequence, nearly 100 thousand inhabitants remained homeless. For a moment the earth shook, powerfully, the hills shook, our mountains shook, entire villages and houses were raised to the ground, but the Albanian stood firm'.
Among other things, Comrade Enver Hoxha stressed that, "Thanks to the correct line of the Party and the state of the dictatorship of the proletariat, Albania belongs to the working people and no-one dares touch it. ??? "Further on, he said, "Albania has maintained and will always maintain normal state, trade and cultural relations with all those states with which we have such relations, with the exception the USA, The revisionist Soviet Union, and several other states, who have perpetrated and continue, even to this day, to perpetrate, injustices against socialist Albania. Neither will we have relations with those states, which, without the slightest right, still refuse to return the wealth plundered from the Albanian people or to pay the reparations for the damage caused during the Second World War. This has been the will of our people, this is their will today, and will remain so in the future. World reaction must not foster any hopes that we will change out stand in regard to these legitimate demands".
The complete liquidation of the consequences of the 15th of April earthquake in Albania once more demonstrates the vitality of the Albanian socialist economy, which has never known crises, taxes, price rises or unemployment, with a health service which is completely free of charge, with an export which completely covers imports, with a defence potential which is being strengthened ceaselessly, capable of facing up to any foreign aggression. This, which has taken place in Albania, during these five months reiterated that only socialism, constructed in conformity with the teachings of Marx, Engels Lenin and stalin, is the socio-economic order, which, in every case, transforms a disaster into a mighty revolutionary force, which over-comes every grief, difficulty and makes people happy.