Minister Horvat promises reconstruction of all 16 flooded houses in Kokorici

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(Hina) - Physical Planning and Construction Minister Darko Horvat said on Thursday that the ministry would reconstruct all 16 houses damaged in recent floods in the village of Kokorici near Vrgorac.

"The Housing Agency, Real Estate Agency and ministry have planned resources that can be earmarked to cover some of the damage," said Horvat and added that conditions would be established to procure household appliances for those affected by the flood, as has been done previously elsewhere.

"I think that is the least the state can do for residents in Kokorici," said Horvat and claimed that the floods had caused a lot of practically permanent damage.

According to Horvat the priority now is to see how to render these houses liveable so people can return to their own homes.

"We will very quickly in cooperation with the Faculty of  Civil Engineering see how individual houses can be repaired and perhaps this is an opportunity to legalise them and obtain building permits," said Horvat.

Horvat added that a meeting with town and county officials in Vrgorac agreed to urgently send in the army to clean up after the flood and to register the damage so that a cost listing can be compiled.

As far as damage to crops is concerned that is in the remit of the Agriculture Ministry, he added.

When asked Horvat confirmed that the state had HRK 100 million to build a tunnel which would channel water away from the fields around Vrgorac.

Horvat added that the EU recovery programme and multiannual financial framework had great funds for the Hrvatske Vode and Hrvatske Ceste water and road management authorities.