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Posted by portugalpress on March 14, 2018

The cost of Faro’s recent tornado damage has been estimated at €7 million - €4 million in damages to the coast, €1.3 million in damages to agricultural producers and the rest to ‘private structures’, including homes and businesses.

The council is reported to be “hoping now for Government support”.

Environment minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes was expected to view the damage as we went to press on Wednesday.

He had been scheduled to visit the region on Monday, with housing minister Ana Pinho.

Pinho arrived principally to “analyse the situation of the 150 people made homeless” when the tornado ripped through a gypsy community.

The gypsy families have since had to return to their devastated campsites from the Municipal Pavilion in which they were temporarily given shelter with interim measures to help them ‘underway’ but otherwise quite vague.

News website Sulinformação reports the mayor Rogério Bacalhau has reiterated the lament that Faro “doesn’t have a magic wand, or 35 homes to hand over. We cannot fix this problem immediately. Faro has a housing problem that doesn’t just include the gypsy camps. There is a lack of housing for young people, students and families from all social strata”.

As Sulinformação points out, these are words that “collide with the expectations of more than 100 people… whose leaders insisted on a solution that improves their living conditions” during the visit last weekend of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (click here).

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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