“For arsonists it would take life in prison”

Editorial board
06 July 2021 07:58

“Next week the National Crisis Unit of Civil Protection will meet in Sicily, at my request, to take stock of the situation of the damage caused by volcanic ash, a phenomenon that unfortunately does not seem destined to run out in the space of a few days and which creates a condition of indescribable discomfort for the inhabitants of the most affected centers. We need to ensure the removal of the volcanic ash in the shortest possible time and also to intervene on private individuals. And, when I say us, I mean the State. That’s why in Rome we will ask for a regulation that allows us to finance intervention activities in support of local authorities, individuals and businesses. We will ask the same thing from the regional Parliament “. Thus in a note the president of the Sicilian Region Nello Musumeci on the sidelines of yesterday’s summit at the PalaRegione of Catania with the head of the regional civil protection, Salvo Cocina, the regional councilor for Energy and public utility services, Daniela Baglieri, and the coordination of the presidents of the municipal council of the metropolitan area of ​​Catania. Present at the meeting, in addition to the mayor of the metropolitan city of Catania, Salvo Pogliese, also the first citizens of the Etna foothills.

“From Rome – adds Musumeci – comes the commitment of the Civil Protection in disbursing 5 million euros to meet the requests of the mayors. We have already accredited the first million as a Region. We plan to identify, shortly, other resources to create a fund with an open contract so that the Municipalities can access it directly and thus speed up the procedures. We are all mobilized to minimize the devastating effects of this situation “.

During the meeting the issue of fighting the fires was also addressed, which had already been at the center of the summit yesterday morning, via videoconference, with the National Crisis Unit requested by President Musumeci. During the summit, the possibility of requesting additional Army units in Sicily was discussed, a question that will be submitted, for competence, to the Ministry of Defense. “Many outbreaks are of malicious origin, others are caused by the distraction and irresponsible conduct of the owners of uncultivated or abandoned land – again Musumeci. The fire campaign in Sicily has started and we are using every means available. We have used three state canadians. and all eight helicopters of the Region, we have mobilized all the men of the Forestry and firefighters on the ground. Also on this issue next week we will meet the National Crisis Unit. The arsonists are in full swing and against these criminals – not I have a hard time saying it – it would take life in prison, because the damage that an arsonist does to the botanical, woodland, flora, Mediterranean scrub is enormous. In a moment what nature has created in 40-50 years is destroyed. “.

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