Update Post: November 30, 2023 6:07 pm
The thousands of people affected by the torrential rains that took place in Spain since September 2 can now apply for the aid that the Council of Ministers agreed to this Monday when declaring the areas seriously affected by a civil protection emergency, the current name of the emergency. former ‘disaster zone’. A total of 28 regions of nine autonomous communities are included in this list as those damaged by adverse weather phenomena or fires during this month of September.
Among these emergencies, the isolated depression at high levels (DANA) stands out, which on September 2 caused persistent, widespread rainfall, extremely strong in some points, which caused the death of eight people and numerous incidents in practically every province in the provinces. affected autonomous communities. In addition, the torrential rains caused flooding in streets, basements, garages and roads, landslides, occasional power outages and train circulation problems, in addition to numerous damages to infrastructure and public and private property, crops and agricultural operations, industrial estates and other productive facilities.
This was confirmed by the Minister Spokesperson for the Government, Isabel Rodríguez, in the press conference after the Council of Ministers this Monday, ahead of the investiture session of the PP candidate, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, tomorrow in Congress. According to the minister, this decree tries to “complete the powers of the autonomous communities, accompanying the Government with this aid to the people, companies and municipalities that have suffered damage.” She has highlighted as “relevant” that damages in agriculture will be covered through the agricultural insurance channel. The recovery measures provided for in this agreement are included in Royal Decree 307/2005, of March 18, whose execution measures correspond to the Ministry of the Interior, according to a statement from this portfolio.
What areas have been declared an emergency
The areas declared seriously affected by different meteorological phenomena are in the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Region of Murcia, the Balearic Islands and the Community of Madrid, according to the minister spokesperson.
What damages does the aid cover?
In this case, he pointed out, the aid is aimed at personal and material damage that occurs, especially in housing, belongings, industrial, commercial or service establishments. They also include aid to natural or legal persons and, in addition, to local corporations for the recovery of municipal spaces that have been lost as a result of “these incidents,” according to Rodríguez.
Among the aids are an amount of 18,000 euros for death or absolute and permanent disability; a limit of 2,580 euros for destruction or damage in essential sense; a maximum of 15,120 euros for total destruction of the habitual residence.
Likewise, aid for damage to the structure of the habitual residence, for 50% of the damages, with a maximum of 10,320 euros; a maximum of 5,160 euros in aid for other damages to the habitual residence; 9,224 euros for aid for damage to common elements of a community of owners, with a maximum of 9,224 euros.
In addition, assistance for the total importation of expenses to natural or legal persons who have carried out personal and property services; aid of up to 9,224 euros to owners of industrial, commercial and service establishments, including agricultural, maritime-fishing and tourist establishments.
Depending on the case, it helps local corporations for expenses derived from actions that cannot be postponed: between 50% and 100%.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the agreement also provides for the possibility of approving an exemption from the fees of the Central Traffic Headquarters Autonomous Body for duplicate circulation or driving licenses, as well as deregistration of damaged vehicles.