Rita Ora pledges to support family affected by the devastating Albanian earthquake which has claimed 49 lives... while Bebe Rexha urges fans to ......
Nov. 29, 2019
Rita Ora and her fellow Albanian-born singer Bebe Rexha have pledged their support to the families hit by Tuesday's deadly earthquake in Albania.
The 6.4 magnitude disaster, which struck near Tirana, the country's capital, was the strongest to hit the country in decades and has claimed 49 lives and injured around 2,000 others.
Rita, 29, and Bebe, 30, both of whom have Albanian parents, penned heartfelt Instagram messages to those affected and urged their followers to donate to support campaigns.
Rita, who is currently in Tirana, revealed she has chosen a family to sponsor to rebuild their home.
The star was born in Kosovo, which was then Yugoslavia, but she and her family left for London because of the persecution of Albanians prior to the Kosovo War.
'Happy Flag Day #Albania!!! I have been spending my birthday and the last couple of days thinking about what the right thing to do is,' she wrote.
'Along with @erionveliaj, we have decided to choose a family to sponsor to rebuild their home during the devastation of the earthquakes in Albania and myself directly help these families as much as I can!'
'Erion is a true leader and I truly respect his guidance to lead by example.'
The Girls hitmaker then went to urge her followers to find a family or charity to help rebuild victims' homes.
'I suggest that who ever can, please find a family or charity or way to help rebuild the homes of the victims of this disaster,' she added.
'The first family that i have chosen is the Sala family, and we will be following the progress of this and so many more families who need the same help.'
And Bebe, who was born in the U.S. to Albanian parents, revealed in a video she is going to fly to the country to 'personally give people food and water'.
She wrote: Hey everyone, it's Bebe and I'm here on the Jonas Brothers tour and I got the terrible news that there was an earthquake in Albania and a lot of you guys may know that my family and I are Albanian so I decided to start a GoFundMe account to help all those people that are in need.
'And I will personally jump off the tour in my two days off, fly to Albania and personally give people food and water and helping to rebuild their houses so I will be making sure the money goes to good use,' she added.
This comes as the operation to find to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake began to wind down on Friday, as the death toll climbed to 49.
Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin rescue crews were working through the ruins of a collapsed beachfront hotel in Durres, where one person was believed to still be missing, Defense Ministry spokeswoman Albana Qehajaj said.
Neighboring countries and European Union nations rushed in rescue crews and specialized equipment hours after the quake struck.
About 2,000 people were injured in Tuesday´s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake, said Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu, after information was collected from hospitals, small health centers, homes and those now staying in tents.
The most seriously affected areas were Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, and the nearby town of Thumane. The search operation in Thumane ended Wednesday.
The earthquake struck as people slept, and nearly all of those killed were trapped when their apartment buildings or hotels they were staying in collapsed on top of them. Hundreds of aftershocks, with at least three of magnitudes greater than 5, have rattled the country and complicated rescue efforts.
Apart from the buildings that collapsed, Prime Minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures showed about 700 buildings in Durres and more than 235 in Tirana were seriously damaged.
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