March 9, 2014
Governor Gioja promises federal aid for San Juan
San Juan Governor Luis Gioja held a press conference with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich and Anses chief, Diego Bossio, where he announced a series of measures to help and relieve the effects of heavy flooding in the province.
Torrential downpours in San Juan over the last few days have caused widespread floods, leading to the evacuation of over 3000 people.
“What happened was a very difficult thing, I have never seen anything like it,” assured Gioja, in allusion to the weather disaster.
In that sense, he thanked President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner efforts to contain the critical situation.
“Our biggest applause is for the President, who has agreed to help us with all the means at her disposal,” added the official.
He urged “to have patience”, and promised that “the federal government will bring all the necessary help.”
For his part, Bossio recalled the tragic episode that swept the province when an earthquake hit San Juan in 1944.
“San Juan knows how to overcome tragedies,” Bossio highlighted.
Earlier this morning, Capitanich informed the federal government has launched an assistance program for the flood-struck provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. In addition, he anticipated a housing plan to be coordinated between the national and provincial administration which is expected to be ready soon.