Volume 15, No. 1
Winter 2012
New Stoves Bring Winter Relief
to Serbia Quake Survivors
One year after an earthquake in the Serbian village of Vitanovac crumbled the walls of her home and destroyed her only source of heat, this woman eagerly assembles the new wood stove now sitting in her kitchen. (Photo credit: Red Cross of Serbia)
More than one year after an earthquake in the Serbian village of Vitanovac crumbled the walls of her home and destroyed her only source of heat, this woman eagerly assembles the new wood stove now sitting in her kitchen. Through a generous gift from the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, IOCC provided wood burning stoves and firewood for 150 families struggling to rebuild their earthquake damaged homes.

The greatest destruction from the 2010 tremor was recorded around the city of Kraljevo where it caused serious damage to houses, the power supply, water and sanitation facilities, roads and critical public buildings such as hospitals and schools. The 5.4 earthquake was followed by almost 100 aftershocks that destabilized already vulnerable buildings even further, and destroyed homes beyond repair.

IOCC and relief partner Philanthropy, the charitable fund of the Serbian Orthodox Church, responded after the initial quake, assessing the needs of the survivors and supplying them with emergency hygiene kits and personal care products for the elderly. The most recent relief efforts included a shipment of bed linens, baby kits and quilts distributed in cooperation with the Red Cross of Serbia.

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