"Today there will be a press conference in which the set of measures that are appropriate for the coming days and weeks will be announced. This should be seen in a very firm but very serene way because we are convinced that despite everything, we are not facing the dramatic situation that justified that initial appeal and that block of initial measures," Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told journalists at the end of the operational briefing at the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) in Lisbon.
According to the President of the Republic, if more measures need to be adopted if circumstances develop negatively, "those who have to adopt them will not fail" to do so. Marcelo said that "two difficult weeks" lie ahead. "I will not anticipate the measures. The function of the President of the Republic is not that, it is not to replace other instances of power. It is to have the notion that these are the appropriate measures, but not as serious as more intense measures that were adopted when we met here last time," he replied.
"We are entering a new phase, which also explains why I am here. To thank the Portuguese and all those who were involved in the first phase, which was successful, to analyse the transition from what we call the Serra da Estrela to what we are going to experience and now above all to draw the attention of the Portuguese to this: without dramatisation, but with an appeal to take responsibility. The weather forecast for next week, perhaps the next two weeks, give a situation of meteorological factors that is less positive than that experienced at this time," he warned.
According to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, "the turn towards September and the month of September are expected to be more complicated than the previous month" in terms of temperatures, humidity and winds."What this is about is saying in a non-dramatised way that the Portuguese should be aware of everything they can do - and will do - to minimise the risk factors," he appealed.
In the opinion of the President of the Republic, considering that "this first critical wave" was faced together and with success in relation to what was feared and what was predicted.
Maybe there should be real land management. Maybe the Portuguese should start obeying and not light up fires in their yards when it is hot and windy (this is so common). Maybe there should be effective civil obedience and education. Maybe hunters should not leave their garbage everywhere (semi empty beer bottles etc). Maybe the Portuguese prefer to blame everyone else and climate change instead of taking responsibility for their disdain to the environment.
By S from Other on 19 Aug 2022, 14:23
The elephant in the room is the eucalyptus trees, but everyone gets paid not to do anything.
By si from Porto on 20 Aug 2022, 09:00