Govt. Aid Promised After Hail Damages Buildings in SE Slovenia (Videos)

By , 09 Jun 2018, 13:41 PM News
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STA, 9 June 2018 - Prime Minister Miro Cerar visited on Saturday the area of Črnomelj in south-eastern Slovenia, which was hit the hardest with Friday's hail storms, promising government help to the local communities as soon as possible. The first rough estimates by the local government put the damage at around EUR 3m. 

The devastating storms with hail wreaked havoc in the south-east, with the municipalities of Črnomelj and Novo Mesto being hit the hardest, with hailstones as big as apples destroying crops as well as roofs and cars.

More than 400 buildings in the area have been damaged in the hailstorm, including exhaust maker Akrapovič's Črnomelj facility, which had to shut down production.

Cerar visited Črnomelj to take a look at the extent of the damage and talk with representatives of the local community and civil protection service.

The prime minister told the press that the government would discuss the extent of the damage at next week's session and said that the priority would be to remedy the damage that the storms had done to schools and kindergartens.

The government will define priorities once it gets a full report, he said, assessing that emphasis would be put on schools and other public buildings. "We must make sure that all people are helped."

"It was a very severe event and it is just another reminder that we will have to take preventive measures to prepare ourselves for such extraordinary storms, hail and other dangers," the prime minister said.

Črnomelj Mayor Mojca Čemas Stjepanovič told the STA that the municipality would ask the government for aid from intervention funds for reconstruction of schools and kindergartens.

The north-eastern region of Pomurje was also hit by strong winds, rain and hail on Friday evening, with several buildings losing their roof and several trees being uprooted. Residents of certain areas are still without electricity.

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