Government’s actions after the heavy floods

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the affected areas in western Attica, after the heavy floods, where he was accompanied by deputy prefect of western Attica Ioannis Vasiliou. After that, he visited Elefsina, where he made certain statements on the situations.

He said that such phenomena are rare in Greece, but it has happened due to a general lack of town planning and the accumulated inertia and problems; as such, the government is planning to quickly reconstruct the area of western Attica. Also, he expressed his hope that this will be the last incident and mentioned that the government acknowledged that there are other areas with similar problems, concluding by hailing the efforts and actions of the rescue crew.

According to government spokesman and State Minister, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, the government will immediately proceed to restore damages and compensate flood victims in Wester Attica, as soon as possible. He noted that the government will be able to make the necessary announcements next week, since the relevant procedures will be completed rapidly and without bureaucratic obstacles.

He made it clear that the government will not abandon the flood-stricken citizens to their fate. “I believe that next week we will be in a position to make the necessary announcements,” concluded Tzanakopoulos.

Furthermore, Secretary General for Public Health Yiannis Baskozos, on behalf of the Health Ministry, called for the quality checking of food, water and sewage networks, as victims are already weak and vulnerable. Baskozos also mentioned that the National Center for Health Operations at the Ministry of Health would be available on a 24-hour basis for information.

Additionally, Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said that the expenses for the burials of the victims will be provided by the state, and that the restoration of the lives of people in western Attica is government’s top priority, while ensuring that no similar events will occur.

The economy ministry on Friday announced that it has secured five million euros in emergency funding from Greece’s Public Investments Programme, following an interior ministry proposal, to cover the immediate needs of flood and natural disaster victims in Attica and elsewhere in Greece, and is in continuous communication with the  competent European Commissioners and EU agencies to find additional sources of funding.

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