Financial aid for the borraca filomena amounts to 250 million euros
By admin on December 29, 2021
Almost a year after the passage of the storm Filomena that left a devastating trail in more than half of Spain and tons of snow In the streets of cities not used to these extreme phenomena, such as Madrid or Malaga, the wounds remain open to the waiting for State aid, which will begin to arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
The storm left on January 8 and 9 a “historical” snowfall, as indicated to Efe by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) without specifying how many years you have to go back to see something similar, and it was followed by a cold snap as well “exceptional” that lasted until the 17th.
Both phenomena caused four dead (a couple in Malaga, a man in Madrid and another in Zaragoza), paralyzed the economy and reduced mobility to a minimum.
Blocked roads, trapped drivers, suspended train traffic, non-operational airports, closed classrooms and, in some cases, a new lockdown that remembered the worst days of the pandemic were some of the consequences of this catastrophe, among which the hundreds of thousands of trees that did not survive and many others that were damaged.
26% of the 1.7 million trees that the Madrid city council has in conservation (440,987) were affected to a greater or lesser extent , and 5% (94,115 specimens) fell due to the weight of snow and ice or were felled, because they could not be saved.
However, despite the decimation of the forest masses, specialists such as the director of the Service of Gardens and Forests of National Heritage, Ángel Muñoz, consider that Filomena has served to generate a kind of “own natural selection”.
Aid is slow to arrive
Two days after the wave of cold, the Council of Ministers approved the declaration of a catastrophic zone in eight autonomous communities (Andalusia, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Asturias, Aragón, La Rioja and Navarra), which included aid exempt from paying personal income tax in the repair of damage to homes, businesses or public facilities, so that recovery would not suffer delays, and aid for personal injury (death or disability).
On June 10, Congress validated the decree law that expanded the aid to compensate the damages causedby Filomena, including the agricultural sector, and four months later, on October 20, the 'Official State Gazette' published the call for subsidies for mitigate the damage caused by the storm and to which the central government allocates 251,830,793.
The call was made for damages caused to municipal infrastructures and provincial and island road network in Andalusia, Aragón, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Navarra, Valencian Community, La Rioja and Murcia.
The grants, which could be requested until last November 26, are intended to finance up to 50% of the cost of the projects directly related to the loss.
The Ministry of Territorial Policy, through the Government delegations, has carried out in In recent months a estimate of damage exceeds 505 million euros, and the subsidy from the ministry, according to that estimate, would reach a maximum of 50% of the works , approximately 252 million euros, although the latest adjustment places the total maximum amount at 251.8 million.
In the Community of Madrid, the aid granted to 79 municipalities by Filomena amounts to 152,475,720 euros , which represents 60% of the total, as highlighted this week the Government delegate in Madrid, Mercedes González.
The second autonomy that will receive the most subsidies is Castilla-La Mancha , where city councils and councils will be able to dispose of 61,387,433 euros; and in the Aragonese Community 12,735,054 may be subsidized.
The most serious catastrophe
Only in Madrid, the financial cost of Filomena was 1,157 million euros , of which 505 million were insured and the rest were uninsured, according to a report by the Aon Spain Foundation.
Mapfre , which has allocated 84 million euros to compensate its clients for the damages caused by the storm, estimates that it has been the most serious catastrophe it has faced in Spain in its entire history.
According to this insurer, Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha were the autonomous communities most affected by the storm , since they concentrated between them almost 80% of the claims and the 93% of the i Total amount of compensation.
Main impacts of Filomena
Although the most outstanding, due to its exceptional nature and duration were the snowfalls, which covered approximately half of Spain , the rains were also very important in Andalusia, especially in Malaga, where at some points they became torrential.
The great layer of snow deposited on the ground half of the Peninsula, with an average thickness of between 30 and 50 centimeters, “absolutely exceptional” in much of that territory, together with the establishment of an anticyclone centered on the Peninsula, caused a wave of “exceptional” cold that lasted the entire following week, from the 11th to the 17th , in which several temperature records were broken of up to 26 ,5 degrees below zero.