The entire municipal opposition supports the request of the Governing Board, chaired by José Luis Martínez-Almeida, to declare Madrid a catastrophic zone.
Vox, with Javier Ortega Smith at the helm, has been the last municipal group to confirm this support. The spokesperson for Más Madrid, Rita Maestre, did it yesterday, reiterating today that the support comes because it is a “good measure” for the capital.
The socialist spokesman, Pepu Hernandez, also supports the petition and will propose that the Community of Madrid “pitch in” and create an emergency fund for city councils.
The Governing Board has approved this Thursday to request the Government of the Nation the request so that declare the capital as severely affected by an emergency, previously known as a catastrophic zone, after the passage of the storm ‘Filomena’ and the great snowfall last weekend.
Almeida has asked “speed” in the response of the Governmentor to “lighten” the situation in the capital, especially by the “seriously affected” Madrid.
“In this city 1,250,000 kilos of snow fell in 30 hours, 22.3 million cubic meters of snow. It involves putting a line of trucks from Madrid to Brussels, and even so, 120 kilometers more. A catastrophe has occurred in the city of Madrid seriously affected goods and economic activity “, the councilor said at a press conference.
The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Jose Luis Ábalos, has assured this Thursday that once the request of the Madrid City Council has been received, the Government will study with “sensitivity” if the requirements are met for it because recognized that the damages “have been very important”.
Ayuso joins the petition
The president of the Community, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has advanced that ask the central government to declare an area seriously affected by an emergency, formerly known as a ‘catastrophic zone’, for the entire region as a whole, after visiting Torrejón de Velasco today, where it has detailed that this request will be addressed next Wednesday in the Governing Council, since the councilors are currently evaluating the damage in their areas.
Ayuso, who has found that eight municipalities have already requested this same declaration for their own localities, he has emphasized that there are sectors that are very affected such as cattle ranchers, farmers, traders or transporters.
In this sense, it has announced that the regional government, from the Ministry of Housing and Local Administration, will provide, through the PIR, 30 million euros to help municipalities to regain normalcy and leave their facilities “in perfect condition state”.
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