In his speech at the plenary session on Wednesday (3), Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE) stated that he was convinced of a positive outcome of the tragedy of approximately 40,000 families living in over 5,000 properties at risk of collapse in Pernambuco, the so-called coffin buildings. The senator emphasized that he was seeking support to resolve the situation.

He emphasized that as the chairman of the Social Affairs Committee (CAS), together with members of the collegiate church, he visited the facilities and talked to the residents. In addition, he met with state and Brasilian authorities, including ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) and representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF).

— I am convinced that very soon we will be able to announce an agreement thanks to which it will be possible to pay compensation to these people, admit them to housing programs, immediately leave condemned and still inhabited properties, guarantee residents social housing for those who are there, and demolish these buildings so that they no longer threaten anyone's life, he emphasized.

The senator explained that 522 properties were in a critical condition and recalled that 17 had already collapsed, resulting in the death of 54 people in the state.

— According to the Pernambuco Institute of Technology, it is estimated that more than half of these structures have a very high risk of collapse, and 153 of them are at immediate risk. There are over 8,000 legal cases concerning these problems in total. and have dragged on for decades in state and federal courts without reaching a reasonable resolution, he said.

Agência Senado (reproduction authorized based on the quote from Agência Senado)

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