Zapatero pledges cash over metro collapse

11th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 February 2005, BARCELONA - Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged cash to help the scores of families left homeless after their homes were accidentally destroyed by building work on the Barcelona metro system.

11  February 2005

BARCELONA - Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged cash to help the scores of families left homeless after their homes were accidentally destroyed by building work on the Barcelona metro system.

Zapatero, on a visit to the Carmel area of the city, said the government would pay each family which had lost their home an initial EUR 10,000 to cover costs while their properties were being rebuilt.

Each family will also get an extra EUR 1,500 to replace household objects.

A number of buildings collapsed when work to extend a metro line disturbed the ground below in January.

The work inadvertently caused a landslide which left a 20-metre wide hole.

At least 1,000 residents of 50 blocks had to leave their homes and scores are still sleeping  with relatives or in hotels.

The council denies it should not have allowed the work and a full investigation has begun.

But the Spanish daily El Pais reported that similar tunnelling techniques to extend the Madrid metro were banned ten years before.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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