Gov't to deliver aid to over 14,000 flooding victims
ANSES social security agency’s director Diego Bossio added details to the announcement made by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner yesterday concerning the special aid to be extended to flooding victims in the northeast of the country. Over 14,000 welfare recipients will benefit from the government’s assistance. “We aim to give additional ressources to the beneficiaries in this critical moment,” Bossio said.
Welfare recipients affected by floodings in specific areas in Formosa, Misiones, Corrientes and Chaco provinces will be able to apply for ANSES’ special aid, that is, 14313 beneficiaries, as Bossio explained in a joint press conference with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich at Government House.
“Retirees and pensioners who receive the lowest pensions will receive an additional 5514.26-pesos aid for two months,” Bossio explained. “Families under the Universal Child Benefit (AUH) will automatically double the amount of the benefit for three months,” he added.
Family allowances for registered workers will also double, as well as Procrear federal housing programme’s credits.
ANSES’ director said that in order to receive the government’s aid, floodings victims have to apply at ANSES offices and 48 hours later a social security agency’s official will verify the damage to allow the payment.
Bossio and Capitanich confirmed they will visit the affected areas to evaluate the impact of the floodings and monitor aid efforts.
“The State is here,” Bossio said, “to assist the majority of Argentines and the poorest”.