PRESIDENT of the Partido Popular (PP), Pablo Casado, has demanded that aid promised to flooding victims from September’s storm in Spain’s Vega Baja on the Costa Blanca be paid as soon as possible.
Speaking on a visit to the area on Friday he said: “There are people who have not received what they were promised and have not been able to return home”.
Casado made these statements in Almoradi, where he was accompanied by the leader of the Valencian PP Isabel Bonig and the president of the Diputación de Alicante, Carlos Mazón.
“Three months ago I was in the Vega Baja and I said that we were all together on this. Three months have passed and to come to this land and continue to see this desolation has to put all politicians to work,” said Casado.
He insisted on the need to build the relevant infrastructure to “mitigate the effects of weather disasters, which cannot be predicted.”
He continued: “There has been a deficit in the construction or maintenance of the infrastructure. In fact, the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS) has not done what it had to do to avoid the blockage of some water systems that caused riverbeds to overflow with catastrophic consequences.”
Casado added: “The situation here is dramatic for many families and they cannot wait another day.”
Bonig criticised the autonomous government, led by Ximo Puig, who, in her words, “has not fulfilled even one of his promises three months after the gota fria.”
“There have been a lot of announcements and little management by the Valencian Government,” said Bonig, who recalled that on December 3 “the farmers were complaining that they had not received the aid.”
She recognised the work of the mayor of the town, the PP’s Maria Gomez, who managed an agreement with the SAREB (Society of Management of Assets from the Bank Restructuring) to “achieve temporary housing and give immediate response to a problem suffered by the residents of Almoradí.” This refers to an agreement with SAREB to lease homes to temporarily rehouse people made homeless by the disaster.
After his visit to Almoradí, Casado travelled to Callosa de Segura to learn about the damage caused by the DANA to walls and houses in the old town, among other things.