Secretary of State denies flaws in response to floods in Lisbon

The Secretary of State for Civil Protection denied, this Tuesday, that there were failures in the response to the floods that occurred in the Lisbon area on the night of December 7, 2022.

“I would have no problem assuming a failure, so I thought it had existed. To say that there was a failure means that a certain organism or a certain person was in possession and in the conditions to have a certain action and did not do it. This is not what we are talking about these episodes that we are discussing”, said Patrícia Gaspar in Parliament.

The Secretary of State, together with the president of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), Duarte da Costa, was heard this afternoon at the parliamentary committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees on the heavy rains and floods that occurred in the Lisbon area on the night of December 7, 2022, at an audition requested by Chega.

The deputy of Chega Pedro Pinto questioned the Secretary of State about what went wrong, considering that “there was a failure of the Civil Protection for not having warned the population” in advance.

“You don’t understand why they take so long to respond”, said the deputy.

In response, Patrícia Gaspar maintained that “there were no failures, because there were no conditions, nor was there timely information for this notice to have been made”.

The official also stressed that ANEPC “does not develop its activity, neither by guesswork, nor by replacing technical and scientific institutions”, which are the ones that have “the capacity and knowledge to be able to effectively provide this information”.

“When ANEPC received the red warning from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) it was already raining in Lisbon, objectively there were no conditions, nor would it make sense, to issue a preventive SMS warning”, he said.

THE Secretary of State considered that “there is no exchange of blame between ANEPC and the IPMAnoting that they are two institutions that work “on a daily basis and in great articulation”.

Patrícia Gaspar also said that the scale of the meteorological phenomenon that occurred in the Lisbon area on December 7 “did not allow for its anticipation”, stressing that it was not due to the incapacity or incompetence of the institutions.

The president of ANEPC also highlighted the link between IPMA and Civil Protection, stressing that “it is constant and daily”.

According to Duarte Costa, ANEPC recorded 9,675 occurrences linked to adverse meteorological phenomena of rain that occurred for 30 days in various areas of the country, which caused one death.

“If this had happened four or five years ago, with the systems that existed at the time, there would certainly have been more human losses”, he said.

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