Residents try to save property from houses destroyed by flooding caused by rain in the town of Itambé (BA) | Photo: Felipe Iruatã / EFE
The National Institute of Social Security (INSS) will prioritize the analysis of benefits for policyholders living in municipalities affected by rains in Bahia in recent weeks. 141 towns in the state have declared a state of emergency and 24 people have died. According to the federal government, at this first moment, the action will be carried out in 48 social security agencies (APS) located in the most affected municipalities of Bahia. There are 46,350 applications for social security and assistance benefits. Employees of the Institute from different regions of Brazil will assist in the analysis of these requirements.
Still according to the agency, more than half of the requests relate to assistance benefits (24,687) to the elderly and disabled people. These will be the first to be analyzed. Other requirements include pension claims, pensions, childbirth allowances, maternity allowances, disability allowances and unofficial insurance.
The federal government also announced the payment of two additional unemployment insurance payments to insured workers, provided between June and December 2021, in municipalities declared in emergency situations by the Ministry of Regional Development (MDR) in Bahia and Minas. General. The forecast is that 15,000 people will be covered, with value transfers amounting to R $ 40.3 million. The process for releasing additional payments will be automatic.
Another measure announced is the advance payment of the wage premium to workers whose employers are domiciled in municipalities in emergency situations in both Bahia and Minas Gerais. The measure concerns 107,800 workers in the region, with an estimated transfer of around 101.9 million reais, the Ministry of Labor and Employment has informed.