President to fulfil promise from floods of 2010
Next week, the president of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque and the Portuguese Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, travel to Porto Santo, for the inauguration of the meteorological radar.
Miguel Albuquerque, on the sidelines of the visit, the Cota 500 works above Santo António, in response to a question from the Diario about a possible meeting with the Minister of the Sea, replied that he will meet Ana Paula Vitorino at the inauguration of the Radar, which would have served Civil Protection, of high water in the Madeira archipelago.
“The equipment will be important for the prevention and protection of Madeira and Porto Santo in situations of potential catastrophe,” he added. The leader of the Madeiran executive, stressed that the construction of the radar was a claim of his after the tragedy of February 20, 2010, when he was serving as mayor of Funchal.
“It was vital for the Region that we have the most advanced technological mechanisms that would allow, in a timely manner, or within a reasonable period of time, to predict heavy rainfall in the Madeira archipelago so that preventive measures could be taken with regard to the safeguarding of goods and people “He stressed.
The governor also explained that, after 9 years, the radar will be inaugurated. An equipment that had substantial contribution of the funds of the PO SEUR (Operational Program of Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources), allocated to the Region. Albuquerque stressed that this work “is not a favour from the State”, since the money that was used to finance the project came from European funds earmarked for this purpose.
It is not immediately clear if the radar has become operational recently. It was operated for an experimental period last year.