Al Jazeera Balkans Follow PM Plenkovic, Health Minister Beros after Zagreb Earthquake (VIDEO)

By 30 March 2020

March 30, 2020 - In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, the Zagreb earthquake piled on the suffering of citizens of the Croatian capital. Al Jazeera Balkans follow Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Health Minister Vili Beros as they respond to the crisis.

The timing - never perfect - was exceptionally cruel. 

In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, and with Croatian authorities working extremely effectively to limit movement and communicate their actions and updates to a concerned public, disaster struck at 06:24 on Sunday, March 22, 2020. 

An initial earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 a few kilometres north of Zagreb was followed by several more throughout the morning and the day. 

Citizens were given a terrible choice of facing corona on the streets or being trapped inside buildings. One 15-year-old child subsequently died after being struck as her building collapsed from the initial quake. There were heartbreaking scenes at Dubrava Hosptial of mothers with newborns huddled in shock outside - all thoughts of social distancing erased from memory. 

With the double disaster of COVID-19 and the Zagreb earthquake, responding to the disaster required cool heads in crisis. 

Robert Tomic Zuber, with his latest documentary for Al Jazeera Balkans, followed two of the key players in managing the chaos currently engulfing Croatia - Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Health Minister Vili Beros. Beros has only been in the job for two months, and his crisis management of the coronavirus crisis has quickly turned him into a cult figure and a cult hero. 

You can see Tomic Zuber's Revizija programme in the video below, complete with English subtitiles.   

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In addition to his work with Al Jazeera Balkans, Robert Tomic Zuber has recently launched a new portal called R+, full of powerful video stories about coronavirus, told by people in the Balkans, and by people from the Balkans all over the globe. You can learn more about it here