More than 1,000 homes were destroyed, and thousands more were damaged, in an Albanian earthquake on November 17.
GV & GV PAN Tirana: Street scenes after earthquake (2 shots)
CUs & SVs Damage to building (7 shots)
GVs Trucks rushing food, clothing and building materials to damaged area (2 shots)
GV Train loaded with wood
TRACKING SHOT Building materials being riled into area
GV Convoy of relief coaches
GV PAN GV Damaged buildings and workers cleaning up and making repairs (2 shots)
SV Children helping in repair work
GV & CU Workers putting support on building
GVs People setting up temporary housing in tents (3 shot)
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Background: More than 1,000 homes were destroyed, and thousands more were damaged, in an Albanian earthquake on November 17. Reports said one person was killed during the devastation, and 12 were injured. A total of 6,800 houses were damaged, 1,100 of which were made uninhabitable. The official Albanian News Agency ATA said 1,700 of these homes suffered what if called "grave" damage, and 167 official buildings were hit. The agency said there were two strong tremors measuring 4.9 on the open-ended Richter scale and seven on the 12-degree Mercalli scale, which describes the extent of damage rather than a tremor's strength. The tremors had their epicentres in central Albania, south of Tirana. A special commission has been set up by the government to help the injured and the people whose houses were damaged. Food, clothing and building materials were rushed to the earthquake-stricken areas by road and rail. There has also been a good response to appeals for the whole community to assist in making the repairs and housing the homeless. Men, women and children all helped to clear the debris and help with reconstruction. Homeless families were billeted among neighbouring peasant households, and many were housed in tents and other temporary quarters. The Albanian government said the community effort did much to help the damaged areas return quickly to normal.