People affected by the recent floods should get their first compensation payments this week from a €25-million package allocated by the government, said Prime Minister Robert Fico after an extraordinary government session dealing with the impact of the floods on Saturday, June 5.
“The sum is enough at the moment,” Fico told the TASR newswire. According to the prime minister, advance compensation for people who have lost their houses to the floods or who are not able to return to them will be compensated first. The distribution of the money will be overseen by three Slovak ministries - finance, interior and labour. They should immediately launch a mechanism to identify those affected by the floods.
The prime minister said the government is prepared to allocate further finances if the €25 million is not enough. Families affected by the recent floods should obtain financial help amounting to €800 per family from the crisis fund of the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Ministry, the ministry’s head Viera Tomanová said after the extraordinary government session.
As these funds are considered urgent crisis aid, the resources will be distributed as of Monday, June 7. Social workers were planning to visit the flooded towns and villages on Saturday and Sunday to examine the fairness of aid claims and to arrange the immediate distribution of the finances, the minister said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jun 2010 at 14:00