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Six months pass since the Zolitude tragedy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Wednesday, May 21st marks six months since the cave-in of the roof of Maxima supermarket in Zolitude, which killed 54 people.

This tragedy had united society for a never before seen support – more than EUR 1 million was donated to victims of this tragedy in a very short period of time. Victims and relatives of victims were also provided compensation allocated by the state and municipality, as well as paid medical services and psychological assistance, as reported by lsm.lv.

The majority of victims and their relatives are residents of Riga. The municipality’s Social Service has only five social care workers to deal with all enquiries. 109 families continue receiving aid. The Social Service does everything it can to reach out to persons who do not ask for help on their own, says Riga Social Service deputy manager Inta Slaidiņa.

‘The active phase of providing attention to persons who had been in accidents is over. They are alone now. This may result in an increased psycho-emotional state. We know it is hard for them. On the one hand – they feel very well-supported. On the other hand – they feel under-supported. Some are provided with psychological assistance, others refuse it. It is clear, however, that these people need help. Of course, it is likely people do not want us to interfere with their lives at the moment. We do try to keep in touch with them. We can provide consultations, and they are free of charge,’ – says Slaidiņa.

Problems have escalated in every family that was affected by the tragedy. This is something the service was not expecting, she added. ‘There are people with psychological disorders that need our help and an individual family assistant, because if these problems are not resolved, everything falls on the shoulders of the municipality. If children lose their parents, it is a matter of guardianship. There is also the matter of each child needing individual care. There may also be problems in relationships,’ – explains Slaidiņa.

Social Care workers meet with representatives of Zolitude tragedy victims on meetings of Riga City Council’s specially formed support commission. During these meetings, decisions are made on the use of donations for the needs of victims of the tragedy. Nearly 400 people have already used the ten-day rehabilitation plan funded by the state. ‘The situation is complicated the most in regard to psychological aid,’ – notes Slaidiņa.

Six months after the tragedy, ziedot.lv continues to work with applications from victims. These include requests to cover surgeries not covered by state support.

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