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Mobile homes arrive in Croatia to shelter residents after earthquake

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A rescuer walks past a building damaged in Petrinja.
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The clean-up effort is continuing in Croatia after the country was rocked by the strongest earthquake in 140 years.

Seven people were killed when a 6.4 magnitude quake destroyed homes south of the capital city, Zagreb. An estimated 20 people were also injured.

Many people in Petrinja, Sisak, and the surrounding villages spent their second night outdoors, in their cars or on the streets, for fear of aftershocks.

Around twenty mobile shelters arrived on Thursday morning, donated by hotels and companies.

A total of 79 containers were also delivered to the Glina area, including 60 from Austria and 4 from Slovenia.

"The first people will be able to sleep there as early as tonight and this is very important," said Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac.

Sixty more mobile homes are expected to arrive to help accommodate around 500 residents. Croatia's division of the Red Cross has also been distributing humanitarian packages to earthquake victims throughout Sisak-Moslavina County.

On Tuesday, Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren stated that he would make his home available to "16 families who are in the greatest difficulty" after the earthquake.

The area has still been experiencing tremors for several days, with a new 3.7 magnitude earthquake recorded on Thursday.

"It is difficult to say how many houses were damaged, but we know that more than 3,500 were destroyed," said Ivan Zinic, president of the Sisak region.

About 850 households still had no electricity on Wednesday evening, according to the national electricity provider HEP.

A Greek military plane landed at Zagreb airport on Wednesday evening with humanitarian aid, including tents, electric heaters, hundreds of beds, and sleeping bags, according to the defence ministry.

The Croatian government has also requested the activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

The country's president Zoran Milanovic has praised recovery efforts and said this is not Croatia's first new beginning.

"Unfortunately there was a lot of these new beginnings in our history, and Majske Poljine and Strasnice, villages like that, were the most hit," he said. "Five people were killed here yesterday - what can I say - [an] evil spell.

"I wish to thank all of those involved in helping the people here, especially the Croatian army."