Juncker promises support for flood-stricken Latvian farmers

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European Commission Vice President Jean-Claude Juncker promises support to Latvian farmers whose crops were struck by severe flooding this fall, reports Latvian Radio.

That's what Juncker said on October 19 following a meeting with Latvia's PM Māris Kučinskis. He likewise pledged support to Spain and Portugal, hit by massive wildfires, and Ireland which was recently crossed by a storm.

"I have spoken to Portuguese and Spanish heads of state and proposed starting all the required procedures so that we could help them following devastating forest fires that took place in these countries," he said.

"The same goes for the Baltics, which were recently hit by rain-caused flood. We will start all the required procedures to show solidarity and support both the Baltics and the Iberian peninsula," said Juncker.

The funds would come from the European Union Solidarity Fund, set up to respond to major natural disasters and express European solidarity to disaster-stricken regions

As reported, Latvia was hit by heavy rain in what was this century's rainiest September to date, causing losses of €37m to Latvian farmers by flooding crops.

It compounded the damage done by rainfall in August that had washed away roads and also caused damage to crops. 

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