By Cathy Elelman • 20 August 2020 • 11:05
DAMAGE: Last September’s extreme weather hammered many areas of Almeria
CREDIT: Subdelegacion del Gobierno en Almeria
THE Spanish government has agreed a €1.8 million cash handout to Almeria to help ease the impact of the violent storms which battered the province last September.
The Finance Ministry is allocating payments from the European Union Solidarity Fund to 25 municipalities in all.
The financial aid is aimed at covering council costs on storm damage repairs to services and infrastructure like power, water, sewage, telecommunications, health and education. Also for expenses like making provincial accommodation available and providing assistance to cover affected residents’ basic needs.
The ministry has already paid out nearly €90,000 in subsidies to 13 councils which put in requests for assistance under a royal decree, among them Vera, Bedar and Lubrin.
Another five – Seron, Arboleas, Antas, Sierro and Sorbas – are due to receive payments adding up to nearly €322,000 in all imminently.
A further €1.4 million in assistance has been approved and is in the process of being paid out.
Of this amount, more than €1.2 million is destined for Nijar, the Almeria municipality worst hit by last autumn’s extreme weather.
Also set to receive financial aid are Velez-Blanco, Macael, Chirivel, Tabernas, Taberno, Cantoria, Pulpi, Los Gallardos, Bacares, Rioja and Olula del Rio.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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