By the Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others.

Albanian people who live in Greece hold lighted candles, during a memorial in central Athens for the victims of a deadly earthquake that struck Albania a week ago killing at least 51 people, on Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris/MANILA BULLETIN)

Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit in London that he had positive meeting with US President Donald Trump and other leaders from Europe and Canada and that he received a positive reaction to his aspiration to hold an international donors’ conference.

The European Union and the United Nations are coordinating international efforts, including those from the United States, to assist Albania after the earthquake that affected more than half of the country’s 2.8 million population.
Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, said in a tweet that the EU’s executive branch

has pledged 15 million euros to Albania and that it will help organize a donors’ conference.

The Nov. 26 quake damaged more than 11,000 buildings and left an estimated 12,000 people homeless who are now sheltering in hotels, public buildings, tents, with relatives and in neighboring Kosovo.

The worst-hit areas were Durres, a popular beach vacation spot for Albanians, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of

Tirana, and the nearby northern town of Thumane. Many schools still remain closed.