Government’s actions to remove the effects of rainstorms (as of 24.08.2017, 16:00)

The package of legislative changes prepared by the Government of Prime Minister Beata Szydło, aimed at simplifying the procedures and accelerating the actions related to removing the effects of rainstorms and the permanent involvement of all services – the damage is estimated and the houses affected by the destructive element are reconstructed.

Victims of the rainstorms exempt from gift tax for two years

On 23 August, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the ordinance exempting the victims of the rainstorm from gift and inheritance tax. The exemption shall be valid for two years starting from August 12.

Checking the technical condition of the buildings

The construction supervision services have already checked, in total, 6,565 buildings, of which 2,688 are residential buildings. The construction supervision authorities still receive new information about the damaged and destroyed buildings. As it results from the current estimates, 2.6 thousand buildings still are to be checked.

More inspection teams will be sent to assess the technical condition of buildings and estimate the damage. In the affected voivodeships, 140 inspection teams have been working since the beginning of the inspection operations.

Appeal from the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction for a reasonable price offer for those reconstructing their houses after the rainstorms

Minister Andrzej Adamczyk appealed to 36 associations bringing together manufacturers and distributors of building materials. He appealed for considering a possibility of developing a special price offer addressed to the residents of the destroyed areas and covering the most needed products, inter alia, to build the walls, install roofing or window and door woodwork. The Minister also declared that the Government would help in transporting building materials, which will be provided free of charge to the most needy.

Ordinance simplifying the reconstruction will additionally include 76 gminas and more funds for the reconstruction of houses

The Prime Minister signed the ordinance increasing the number of gminas (additional 76), covered by the specific solutions on the reconstruction and renovations of buildings and simplified procedures, so as to make it easier for the victims to perform these renovations.

Originally, the ordinance entered into force on 18 August and initially covered 101 gminas. Now, it has been increased by 2 gminas from the Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, 11 from the Łódzkie Voivodeship, 7 from the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, 26 from the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, 21 from the Pomorskie Voivodeship and 9 from the Wielkopolskie Voivodeship. Thanks to the ordinance, wherever a building permit was necessary, now only an application is enough. Apart the experts, the construction supervision inspectors may estimate the losses.

The amount of compensation, in a form of a designated benefit, for the reconstruction of residential buildings has been increased to PLN 200 thousand (so far, it was up to PLN 100 thousand), and for farm buildings it will be the amount of up to PLN 100 thousand. The completion of the loss estimation is scheduled for the end of August.

Help brought by the firefighters and the Police

The effects of heavy rainstorms are removed, on an ongoing basis, by the firefighters from the State Fire Service (PSP) and Volunteer Fire Service (OSP). Their tasks include mainly the removal of the trees broken and felled by the windstorm. The Police officers support them in their actions, by controlling the traffic and organising detours.

In total, the action involved 100 thousand PSP and OSP firefighters. In addition, 5 thousand Police officers also implemented their tasks.

More than 500 soldiers and military firefighters help remove the effects of the rainstorms

More than 500 soldiers and military firefighters bring help in the areas affected by the rainstorms. Also 277 units of special equipment operate in the field. The soldiers from the Military Gendarmerie and specialised vehicles are kept in reserve.

The soldiers from the Military Task Force Chojnice clean the rivers (Brda, Zbrzyca, Młosina and Brda Canal), supply electricity to the households, unblock and expand the road from Rytel to Chojnice. In turn, the soldiers from WZZ Bydgoszcz work on cleaning the roads in Wąwelno, the gmina of Sośno and along the route from Gostycyn to Wielka Klonia. In addition, they removed the blockage on the Kamionka river in the area of Wielka Klonia and helped in tidying up the palace and park complex in Lubostroń. In Smolniki, the soldiers from WZZ Szubin supplied drinking water to the residents, helped in removing wind-fallen trees and in clearing the farm buildings and also provided the supply of electricity.

Aid for the farmers

Today, the ordinance of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of 22 August 2017 amending the ordinance on the detailed conditions and procedure of granting and payment of financial aid for operations supporting investment in restoring agricultural land and agricultural production potential damaged as a result of natural disasters shall enter into force.

The farmers, who received support under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 or 2014-2020, and as a result of the rainstorms are not able to meet at least one of the obligations contained in the agreement or decision on granting aid, should inform the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture. Then, the ARMA may fully or partially exempt the farmer from his contractual obligations or change the deadline for meeting them.

The farmers who suffered losses as a result of the rainstorms may apply for aid in paying contributions in a form of deferring the date of payment and dividing it into convenient installments, or remitting it, in whole or in part. They should submit an individual application at the Regional Branch/Local Office of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund.

Support in the field of social welfare

The required actions include care of children, whose parents are busy removing the damage and the increased range of care services for the elderly or dependent persons – they can be temporarily placed in support centres.

Since the beginning of the school year, there will also be a possibility of providing additional meals as part of state-sponsored meals in schools – school headmasters can include 20% of children into this scheme without any community interview. The disabled, elderly, ill or dependent persons are in a particularly difficult situation – to this end, the State Fund for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons is working on a special programme.

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