Seven countries send help to save Galicia
10 August 2006, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Seven countries have responded to Spain’s appeal for help with the fire crisis in Galicia.
10 August 2006
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Seven countries have responded to Spain’s appeal for help with the fire crisis in Galicia.
Italy and France sent two hydroplanes each after receiving Spain’s request via the European Commission on Wednesday.
Portugal also sent a team of 65 fire-fighters in 20 vehicles and Andorra, Morocco, Germany and the Czech Republic also offered human and material resources to fight the raging forest fires in the north-west region of Spain.
On Thursday late afternoon, a week after fires in Galicia began, 111 blazes were still burning, 48 of which were described as being under control.
Prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero flew over the region to see the damage and the area affected.
At a press conference in Santiago de Compostela afterwards, he promised eight more army units will be sent to the region, along with 26 planes and helicopters.
He also promised compensation for Galicians who have been affected by the fires.
He said he was pleased that 14 suspects had been arrested for arson because the scale of the crisis was evidence that many fires were not the result of dry weather conditions.
Civil Guard head Joan Mesquida said rewards would be offered for evidence on criminals who had started fires.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news