By Deirdre Tynan • 22 September 2021 • 13:22
Minister Isabel Rodriguez.
Image: La Moncloa
The government is making arrangements with banks to free up repossessed homes on La Palma for families whose houses were destroyed by the ongoing Cumbre Vieja eruption.
Minister and government spokesperson, Isabel Rodriguez, said the Government is committed to the people of La Palma and that all necessary measures to assist them will be activated.
For the time being, the State troops, made up of the Civil Guard, the National Police, the Military Emergency Unit and personnel from the General Administration, total 540 people, are working on the ground in La Palma.
In addition, two concrete measures have already been put in place for those affected. Arrangements are being made with various banks to make empty properties available for evacuees to use, and a free telephone number and a website (900 222 665 and www.consorseguros.es) have been set up so that affected people who have insured their homes or businesses can now contact the Insurance Compensation Consortium to submit their applications.
Rodriguez highlighted the collaboration and coordination between the state, regional, island and local administrations, with a further 650 troops, and thanked social organisations such as the Red Cross, which has provided 625 beds in the El Fuerte barracks for people who has to leave their homes.
She also praised the work of the scientists, which made it possible to predict the eruption on La Palma and have the necessary information to make the most appropriate decisions at any given moment. “Despite the images we have all seen and the drama that many families are going through, the prevention, coordination and emergency mechanisms have worked,” she said.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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