Polish army to offer help to Albania after earthquake

The 6.4-magnitude quake, Albania's worst ever, was centred 30 km west of the capital Tirana. /PAP/EPA

A group of Polish army officers are to travel to Albania to assess the scope of aid it can offer to Albania after the country suffered a major earthquake.

"Allies may count on our assistance," Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Friday adding that his ministry will send a reconnaissance group to Albania to assess how the Polish army may help in removing the effects of the recent earthquake. "We will help, among other things, in the rebuilding of local infrastructure," wrote Błaszczak.

A total of 50 people were killed in the November 26 earthquake. Some 900 people were injured. The 6.4-magnitude quake, Albania's worst ever, was centred 30 km west of the capital Tirana and was felt across the Balkans and southern Italy across the Adriatic Sea. Most affected were the 400,000 tourist city of Durres on the Adriatic and Thumane which lies north of the capital Tirana.