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Brazil's president to oversee distribution of federal resources for natural disaster prevention

01-05-2012 14:20 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has decided to oversee the distribution of federal resources used to prevent natural disasters, local media reported Wednesday.

The president will now oversee the federal resource distribution, which used to be administrated by the National Integration Ministry, the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo said.

It said the president made the decision after the daily reported that 90 percent of the disaster relief federal resources had been sent to Pernambuco, the home state of National Integration Minister Fernando Bezerra Coelho.

So far, summer storms have not caused damage in Pernambuco state, but in the southeastern states, storms have caused at least seven deaths and forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

In the state of Minas Gerais only, 53 towns have declared emergencies, and some regions have been isolated owing to collapsed bridges and roads blocked by landslides.

Brazilian Chief of Staff Gleisi Hoffman, who interrupted her vacation to deal with the storm issue, denied receiving any order to override decisions made by the Integration Ministry.

"Minister Bezerra continues to be the person responsible for the execution of programs and projects in the ministry," Hoffman said.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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