Concerns remain 4 years after devastating fires

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 20-06-2021 11:21:00 · 2 Comments

The President of the Assembly of the Republic has highlighted the tragedy of the fire that broke out in Pedrógão Grande four years ago, considering that this is a time to reaffirm everyone's commitment to prevent a similar event from ever happening again.

The fire that broke out on 17 June, 2017 in Pedrógão Grande, in the district of Leiria, and which spread to neighbouring municipalities, caused 66 deaths and more than 250 injuries, destroyed 500 homes and 50 businesses.

The President of the Assembly of the Republic recalled that, "along with a trail of destruction whose scars are still visible today, dozens of citizens lost their lives, some of them children".

Victims Association still worried

"Little or very little has changed according to the expectations that have been created. There were so many promises and we look at the territory and the forest and everything remains the same," the president of the Pedrógão Grande Fire Victims Association (AVIPG), Dina Duarte told Lusa.

"It's the forest area that worries me. That's where the great conflict of interests of the owners in keeping the profit and of companies linked to the economy of the forest," she stressed.

However, Dina Duarte maintains the expectation that there will still be a change in the territory's forest, dominated by eucalyptus monoculture.

"It will not make sense that everything remains the same and nothing is done in central terms or in local terms”, she added.

The president of AVIPG also highlighted that, after four years, there are still countryside areas "where no one can make a call to anyone and places where people cannot even call 112 if they face an emergency".

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Yes, we too lost all of our external property and plantings in our 7 hectares . We registered, and lodged a claim for less than 5,000 Euro, but during a follow up phone call in January 2018, when I confirmed to the DRAP-Centro official that we were estrangeiros, the telephone went dead!
We submitted a request to the Provedora de Justice, but got nowhere.

By Ronald from Beiras on 21-06-2021 09:53

I am still waiting for government or Camara to do some law enforcement. I lost everything in 2017, and the land around me 50 meters is still overgrown. No one cares.

By Steve from Other on 20-06-2021 08:42
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