May 17, 2021

Hundreds of volunteers bow their shoulders to regain normalcy

Hundreds of volunteers from all over Catalonia have rolled up this Saturday to clean the razed Catalan beaches, where tons of plastics and waste are piled up, and try to recover normalcy as soon as possible after the ravages caused by the storm, the most devastating of the last years.

The more than 500 Catalan municipalities affected by the storm have dawned this Saturday still with severe damage, which in many cases will take months to repair, but with the energy of hundreds of people who have chosen to close their shoulders.

Dozens of cleaning initiatives and groups have been organized throughout the coast that have accompanied municipal services and that, for hours, have dedicated themselves to separating kilos and kilos of garbage to counteract the effects of the storm, which has been taught especially with the coast.

From the town of L’Estartit in Girona to L’Ampolla (Tarragona), next to the Ebro Delta, volunteers work to recover the punished beaches and remove the remains expelled by the sea or dragged by the gale, also in the metropolitan area of Barcelona and in the Maresme region, one of the most harassed.

Precisely in the Maresme, in the town of Malgrat de Mar, turtles and freshwater snakes have been found this morning, as well as hundreds of amphioxes, a type of marine animal considered by scientists as a “living fossil.”

“We were collecting plastics on the beach and, among the reeds, we have found an amphioxos but then they have gone out in the hundreds,” explained biologist Clara Coll about this species, which originated more than 500 million years ago and is “the closest to the ancestors of all vertebrates.”

But the consequences that the temporary “Gloria” has left are also severe in infrastructure: there are hundreds of roads, tracks and roads still affected, many of which have left isolated farmhouses and farms.

In fact, the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Damià Calvet, today has estimated in 15 million euros the necessary investment to repair the damages caused in the non-urban areas – semi-natural and natural sections of the coast.

An amount that adds to the more than 50 million euros that the administrations have already calculated pending the package of urgent measures that the Government plans to launch next Tuesday in the council of ministers to respond “efficiently” to the ravages of the storm.

For their part, the Rural Agents and Civil Protection of the Generalitat continue with the alerts activated by the danger of landslides, falls of trees and avalanches in various parts of the territory, especially the Pyrenees and the Pre-Pyrenees after the snowfall of the beginning of the week.

The good news is that, with the exception of Vallter 2000 (Girona), the ski slopes have been able to open normally, despite the fact that the La Molina station has suffered a cut in the electricity supply that has caused the closure and evacuation of all the skiers who were on the ski lifts.

In fact, Civil Protection of the Generalitat has reported that the electricity supply has already been mostly restored throughout Catalonia, where there are currently only 125 affected subscribers in Girona and Barcelona of the more than 30,000 who came to be without power due to the downpour.

The supply of non-potable water has also been restored in the municipalities of the Ter Basin after the overflow of rivers and floods, so it returns to work in Torroella de Montgrí, Massanes, Centelles, Aiguafreda and Hostalric waiting for it solve the problems in L’Estartit.


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