YEREVAN, July 23. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan told journalists during his trip to Armenia’s Shirak that AMD 81.5 billion had been invested since 2008 in construction of houses in Gyumri, the main city of the province.
“I’ve seen things in 2005 and 2006 and numberless one-off shelters in Gyumri, while today this problem is already solved,” the government’s press office quoted Abrahamyan. “However, it is being described as if nothing had been done.”
According to the government’s press release, 5,313 families have become beneficiaries of the government-supported social program launched in 2008 for residents of quake-stricken areas.
In particular, 61 families received certificates in 2008 and 2009 for purchasing apartments, 321 families got direct financial assistance – AMD 3 million each and 3,693 families were provided with apartments over a period between 2009 and 2013.
The 1988 earthquake reduced to rubble the cities of Spitak and Gyumri (Leninakan formerly) and nearby villages. Some other cities were destroyed partially.
This 10-magnitude quake took 25,000 lives and rendered 140,000 disabled and 500,000 homeless.-0--