31 palaces damaged by the Albanian November 26 earthquake are being crashed in Shijak

Palace being crushed by bulldozers in Shijak
Credit: Oculus News
 Six months after the November 26 earthquake in Albania, Shijak is ready to embark on a new phase of reconstruction.

The small town has marked most of its palaces with red crosses, as an indication that after more than 35 years their fate is to be broken down before can take other people's lives under the rubble.

About 450 families remained in the open after the November earthquake and are waiting for the reconstruction plan to be completed as soon as possible.

Zeneli has lived in this apartment since 1985. There he enjoyed his children, there he became a grandfather and despite the danger even though the palace was declared uninhabitable for 6 months he lives alone there.

31 palaces damaged by the Albanian November 26 earthquake are being crashed in Shijak
Screenshot of Zeneli while interviewed by ABC
"I stayed here, I didn't move. "I slept here," he said to the Albanian ABC TV channel.

Although the foundations of his old palace have been shaken, Zeneli is proud that his apartment survived the November earthquake.

"There was of 9.5 magnitudes the earthquakes here. I'm sorry, but by running away from others, I will do what I do", says the old man.

He also faced the pandemic alone in his apartment.

"I passed the virus with my drugs because I am a popular doctor," says Zeneli.

He expects that after the apartment where he spent half his life collapsed, the municipality will find him shelter or help him find another apartment.

"I made that application in February, but I did not receive anything. I will go to the municipality when I get out of here", he says

31 palaces will be demolished in Little Shijak, to put an end to those strong memories that those strong tremors shook at the end of November 2019.
31 palaces damaged by the Albanian November 26 earthquake are being crashed in Shijak 31 palaces damaged by the Albanian November 26 earthquake are being crashed in Shijak Thursday, May 07, 2020 Rating: 5
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