Published on : Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Canary Islands’ La Palma that stands on the North African coast has been officially declared a ‘disaster zone’ by the government of Spain’. A disaster zone declaration would allow the Spanish government to make millions of euros in state funds available to support emergency measures on La Palma.
Island residents impacted by intense volcanic activity continue to devastate the island. According to Spain’s government spokesperson, the government had allocated a preliminary package of €10.5 million ($12.30 million) in financial assistance for La Palma.
The package includes €5 million to buy houses, while the rest the funds would be allocated to purchase furniture and essential household goods after thousands had to be relocated.
Lava continues to flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on which fissures first opened on September 19 after decades of inactivity, destroying almost 600 houses as well as churches and banana plantations on the Canary Islands popular with tourists.