Loved ones and neighbours have watched in agony this week as rescue teams pulled corpses from the ruins.
Rescuers will recommence their work searching through the rubble of a hotel in the port city of Durres at daybreak on Saturday.
The death toll in the quake that struck Albania on Tuesday has climbed to 46, the European country's Defence Ministry said. Even more countries flew in emergency supplies, while one of the injured - a 54-year-old man with severe spinal injuries - was being flown to Italy for treatment.
The most seriously affected areas were Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, and the nearby town of Thumane.
This is the second quake in a week to strike the area. Premier Rama said that by the end of Friday tent camps will be closed and people will be taken to hotels and hosting centers.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who appealed for worldwide help initially for the search and rescue effort, and on Friday also for reconstruction efforts, was quick to express his thanks. President Ilir Meta called on his countrymen to use the moment "to help heal the wounds caused by the quake". Hundreds of families are temporarily housed in different cities in Kosovo. There have been more than 500 aftershocks since Tuesday's quake, some with a magnitude of more than 5.0, rocking already damaged buildings and terrifying residents.
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"Now comes the hard time for us, with nonstop work to bring life back to normal", said Rama, adding that he had appealed for worldwide help in reconstruction efforts. He said building codes during communist times restricted constructions to a maximum of five stories, while now 10-15-story buildings were commonplace.
"The priority now is shelter, food and care for any homeless citizen", said Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, adding that engineers have begun assessing damaged homes.
Kristi Reci (pictured left), 25, was one of many victims killed within the Albanian quake this week.
"No one will remain in the street", she said.
Many of those left without homes in Thumane spent a second night in tents, unwilling to head to hotels along the coast made available for their accommodation while the search operation continued.
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