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Emergency Flood Relief and New Prevention Measures Adopted


The action plan, commissioned by the government at an emergency session on 9 November and drawn up by a task force led by Majcen, includes three types of measures: emergency, regular and extra maintenance works.

Emergency works will be carried out on drainage areas to improve the water flow. Works there will start this month and are expected to be finished by mid-2015, the minister said about the project that will cost about EUR 12m.

Aside from the regular maintenance works, additional works will be needed on all major rivers in the country due to irregular maintenance in the past. These works will be conducted in 2015.

A more detailed plan of work will be presented next week, Majcen said.

While the measures are theoretically worth EUR 37m, Majcen admitted that the earmarks have not yet been secured; the bulk of the funding is to be budgeted next year.

After Slovenia was hit by the fourth major flooding this year, a special task force was appointed by Prime Minister Miro Cerar at the beginning of the month to draw up the plan of most urgent flood protection measures.

"We have decided to act immediately to show the government is serious about flood protection measures," the PM said today.

He added that a lot could be done in the area with just minor works.

The task force led by the environment minister will also prepare a long-term national strategy on flood protection and dealing with other natural disasters, which is expected to be endorsed by the government in the second half of 2015.


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