They criticize slow and palliative responses in the absence of prevention

The Bajo Chaco, Luque, Areguá, Capiatá, Limpio, in Central, and other cities were hit by the storm. The gusts of wind that exceeded 100 km / h left one dead in Arroyos and Esteros, they also blew roofs, knocked down walls, posters and left hundreds of fallen trees, especially in Asunción. This problem was also experienced in different areas of the country. The complaint was the same.

According to Law 2515, which creates the National Emergency Secretariat (SEN), the immediate responsibility for the care of an emergency or disaster, such as what happened at the weekend, rests with the district organization. This regulation speaks of an articulation and coordination between the national government and the municipal and departmental governments. These should provide budgetary resources for the prevention and care of emergencies or disasters. In some cases, the areas that are frequently affected are unprotected.

Asked about this point, the SEN chief of staff, Ing. Miguel Kurita, affirmed that the municipalities have a fundamental role when it comes to giving a first rapid response to any disaster. This as long as – according to the official – does not exceed the capacity of the institutions.

He explained that the ability to respond is always in relation to the level of impact, damage and prejudice. If the districts are overwhelmed they should immediately go to their governorates. “It sounds like a lot of bureaucracy, but if it works well, the response capacity should be automatic,” he said.

Kurita pointed out that there are municipalities and governorates that have their risk management directorates or secretariats, but not all have the necessary budget or the structures formed to deal with an emergency situation, which is why the SEN responds to small events (emergencies), which according to the law is the absolute responsibility of the district or departmental organization. ” As the governing body, we have to generate governance, to generate feasibility for carrying out work throughout the country, but it is not so easy. We are the first to respond, it should not be like that, ” he said.

The storm with winds of between 100 and 130 km / h caused several damage on Saturday night in Asunción and the Central Department.

We always try to get as quickly as possible to the places where we are called and asked for assistance. Joaquín Roa, Minister of the SEN.

There are already secretariats for management and disaster risk, but they do not have a budget or established structures. Miguel Kurita, chief of staff of the SEN.

Winds had the intensity of a tornado
Strong rains accompanied by intense winds that exceeded 100 kilometers per hour are some of the characteristics of the climatic phenomenon known as the mesoscale convective complex, which wreaked havoc in various parts of Asunción and cities of the Central Department during the weekend.
The Deputy Director of Meteorology, Eduardo Mingo, commented that last January, in the Department of Itapúa, even the winds exceeded 140 kilometers per hour.
The climatic phenomenon is a conglomeration of storm clouds that gather until they fall with great intensity in the form of tornadoes or downdrafts. That is, it occurs when the clouds are discharged and all that weight falls. Similar winds in 1998 twisted and dropped the SNT antenna.
The storm affected some 1,000 families in the Bañados de Asunción and knocked down more than 300 trees on houses and vehicles, blocking important avenues. Municipal officials divided into gangs with the support of the forestry brigade and SEN officials yesterday continued to remove fallen trees on the streets and even on homes and private vehicles.


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