The scientific committee of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) considers that there are scientific indications that the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma could end before 2022, according to the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres.
The president made these statements at a press conference that he offered this Wednesday together with the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, after the meetings of the mixed commission for the reconstruction of La Palma and Pevolca.
Given the information transferred by Pevolca, Torres has wished that “hopefully it will be tomorrow, better than the day after” when the eruption ends “because we need its end to rebuild the island, from which no one should leave because of this natural phenomenon.”
The volcano is seriously affecting the economy and the socio-economic reality of La Palma and it is necessary to start reconstruction, said the Canarian president, who has also advanced the new measures adopted to help those affected and affected by the eruption.
He has remarked that the Government of the Canary Islands intends that the procedures to receive the aid that have been approved for SMEs and freelancers, the agricultural sector and for the acquisition of fixtures and furniture are carried out with guarantees to prevent someone from taking advantage, Well, some cases have already been detected.
However, he has affirmed that the aid is being processed faster than in other natural disasters that have occurred on the islands.
For this purpose, more human and material resources have been implemented in order to be able to process a thousand files per week, Torres indicated, to which Bolaños stated that with this new rhythm, all the files processed by the Canary Islands Executive.
Bolaños has highlighted that the central government has mobilized 130 million euros to La Palma and before the end of 2021 they want to mobilize 240 million euros, since, he has assured, “we continue working without rest.”
The Canarian president has said that 555 people are still staying in hotels on the island, although 15 homes have already been delivered to relocate those affected and last Friday another 46 were acquired, which will be delivered in the coming weeks, when they will install new prefabricated houses on the land assigned in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, on a provisional basis
Torres has announced that a line of rental aid will be enabled for 200 homes and has indicated that the Insurance Consortium fund has delivered more than 60 million euros that has reached more than 300 families on the island, to which he has said who will return in the next few days to publicize the lesson activity.
The minister, for his part, has insisted on the “absolute” commitment of the Government of Spain with the reconstruction of La Palma, as demonstrated by President Pedro Sánchez who traveled to the island the first day, and the “mission” will end when the plans reconstruction ends and the vital projects of those affected are restarted.
He has said that they have listened first-hand to the affected platforms to find out their needs and has reiterated the “exemplary” work carried out jointly by all administrations, to also emphasize that it has been achieved that “aid arrives with a record time “, although we must continue to streamline them.
Bolaños has specified that the Consorcio de Compensación Seguros, dependent on the State, has paid 62.2 million to 392 affected, who have received an average of 158,000 euros, although the 307 people who have lost their home have received about 180,000 euros.
The minister has advanced that the Consortium’s forecast is to pay 90 million euros before the end of the year and has concluded his speech with a message of optimism for La Palma, as he has assured that “there is a future on the island” and that it will be achieved to get back to normal as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Bolaños has stressed that “the context in Spain is optimistic and positive” due to the vaccination rate against COVID-19 that has been achieved, the EU recovery funds that have already been obtained and the figures occupation, reaching more than 20 million employees.