Council of Ministers: government to decide on measures of support for fire victims

Coming weeks forecast to see “difficult moments” in terms of extreme weather

Following multiple calls for financial support for the victims of fires that have broken out in the north, centre and south of the country (in and around Odemira) in the last week marked by high temperatures, the Council of Ministers yesterday agreed to conduct “an evaluation of damages on the ground” in order to decide what measures are in fact needed.

In Odemira’s five day long fire particularly, tourist businesses and agricultural producers are among those who have ‘lost everything’ and will need major help rebuilding/ maintaining livestock without feed that has been destroyed.

André Noz Caldas, Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers, stressed meantime that the extreme temperatures/ conditions that sparked the last week’s wildfires could return. There “could be peaks where temperatures exceed 40ºC, humidity falls and there are winds”, he warned.

Currently, the country is in a “period of calm” but the next few weeks are likely to see “difficult moments”, thus repeating the messages of prevention, of warning people against ‘activities of risk’ remain increasingly relevant.

Source: Lusa/ Expresso

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