insurance, compensation… After the disaster, the headache

“La Forêt du Pilat Tohapi”, in La Teste-de-Buch, is one of the many campsites destroyed by the fires. Sébastien ORTOLA/REA

DECRYPTION – The natural disaster procedure being excluded, the victims must set up their files.

After the emergency and the danger, concern and stress grip the inhabitants of the Gironde, affected by fires which have destroyed their forest on 20,800 hectares since July 12. The questions are now jostling for the 37,000 people who have been evacuated by the authorities. In what state will they find their home? Since last Friday, many have been able to return to their homes and see the damage.

A whole part of the department will thus turn to insurers. Campsites that have burned down, holidaymakers forced to leave their bungalows, lodges forced to cease their activities: all these victims will have to file cases, outside of the natural disaster procedure, which cannot be activated. Because, behind these fires, there is, in 90% of cases, the hand of man, accidentally or intentionally. The natural disaster compensation scheme, which involves the State through its prefectures to centralise…

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