War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved, who heads the task force dealing with the aftermath of the 29 December earthquake in Sisak-Moslavina County, has said that local communities could take over, through local hospitality service providers, the preparation of meals for people affected by the quake.
This past weekend the Croatian Red Cross (HCK) distributed 21,000 tonnes of food, 14,000 warm meals and 5,675 litres of water, Medved said at a government session on Thursday.
He said that local government units had been suggested to take over, if possible, through local providers of hospitality services, the preparation of meals, which would help local employers and enable employment of local workers.
Medved noted that the state would continue to pay for the meals as long as necessary.
He added that water in the entire area was safe for consumption and that the HCK and the Croatian Firefighters Association were working on pumping out and rehabilitating wells, with 63 wells having been pumped out and 42 rehabilitated.
The local water supply network is being reconstructed and a new network of arterial water mains is being built, he said.
“Requests have been submitted for the removal of 560 buildings and 6,447 requests have been submitted for renovation work,” Medved said speaking about the situation three months since the 6.2 magnitude earthquake.
So far, 1,805 housing containers and small houses have been installed and 2,141 have been connected to the power grid.
Five new mobile network stations have been installed to improve mobile signal strength.
By 28 March, 37,954 facilities were inspected, and of them 4,602 were found to be unfit to live in, 8,180 were found to need repair work and 25,000 were found to be fit to live in, Medved said.