PM Kariņš: No need to announce flood emergency yet

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The rescue services are currently coping with the situation in the municipality of Augšdaugava, where water levels in Daugava are rising, and fields and roads are flooding, so there is no need for an emergency announcement despite the municipality requesting such, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) on April 3.

On Monday, April 3, following the Coalition Cooperation meeting, PM Kariņš said in a press briefing that he had been in contact with the rescue services and that the services' view was that there was no need to announce an emergency at the moment, because it would not change anything in substance.

Kariņš said that all rescue services are working, additional forces are involved, and the announcement of an emergency is not necessary for them to continue to fulfill their functions.

In turn, if the situation changed, the government would come together quickly, and declare an emergency immediately if it changed something, the Prime Minister added.

He also said that if necessary, if there would be a need for help to mitigate the consequences of the flood, the government would be able to decide to allocate money from the contingency funds.

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