Pledge to fast-track aid to flood-hit regions

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The Spanish government is still waiting for most of the regions worst affected by the floods to give a detailed breakdown of how much the damage will cost to repair.

Once those figures are available the government has pledged that the aid process will be fast-tracked to get the money to where it is most needed.

Spokesman Iñigo Méndez de Vigo offered his condolences over the death of the young woman in Estepona and the engineer who died in La Linea.

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At a news conference he said although the cost of the damage had not yet been quantified it would be “significant”.

Extra central government funding will be allocated after the government declared Malaga, Cadiz, Huelva, Alicante, Castellón and Valencia would come under its emergency civil protection measures.

Mendez de Vigo also praised the spirit of cooperation among the emergency services during the height of the floods and thanked the public for their willingness to get involved in the rescue efforts.

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