Accustomed to "oblivion", Faro also wants government help due to the floods

Mariana Vieira da Silva, minister of the Presidency, met this Friday, December 9, with the mayors of Greater Lisbon

Photos: Hugo Rodrigues | Sul Informação

Rogério Bacalhau, president of the Chamber of Faro, also wants the Algarve capital to be included in the Government's support package for municipalities affected by the floods, which, for the time being, only includes the municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of ​​​​Lisbon (AML). 

Mariana Vieira da Silva, minister of the Presidency, met this Friday, December 9, with the mayors of the AML and announced, in the end, that the Government will support the municipalities affected by the floods, such as Lisbon, Oeiras and Loures.

This support, explained the official, will depend «always on the assessment of the damage», which must be carried out by January 15th.

Mariana Vieira da Silva was even asked if this aid would be extended to other municipalities outside Greater Lisbon – such as Faro which had floods last Monday -, but the answer was only that the «Government has always sought to respond at all times to situations».

Heard by Sul Informação, the mayor of Faro defended that the municipality should also be included in these supports – and there is even that possibility, according to the mayor.

«This was a storm that no one was expecting and the State serves to help in difficult times», said Rogério Bacalhau.


Photo: Samuel Mendonça | Sunday sheet


«We are used to some forgetting, but let's see if, this time, help also comes to the Algarve», he reinforced.

Asked about the accounting of all the damage left by the rain in Faro, the mayor said that this work «is still being done».

"There are some huge losses, but we still don't have the closed data", he added.

In the case of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, support will be managed in conjunction with the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR), which should help municipalities to survey the years.

In the Algarve, CCDR is also in contact with the Chamber of Faro.

Ao Sul Informação, José Apolinário, president of CCDR/Algarve, said that the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development “is monitoring the situation”.

«We have already asked for data on rainfall and we follow this position of the Chamber of Faro», He concluded.