By Deirdre Tynan • 22 September 2021 • 11:28
Image: La Moncloa
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is set to return from New York to join King Felipe VI in La Palma tomorrow.
The head of state and the King are expected to be updated on developments and to meet with residents whose homes, businesses and farms have been destroyed by lava erupting from the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
Sanchez had been expected to spend all week in New York to attend the UN General Assembly. However he did not leave for the high-level meeting until yesterday and he has cut short the trip to join the King.
The leader of the opposition Partido Popular, Pablo Casado, is currently visiting La Palma.
At the latest count, 154 hectares of land has been destroyed along with 320 buildings, including 200 homes.
The volcano is predicted to keep erupting for at least another 24 days but possibly as long as 84 days.
It is currently inching towards the sea at a rate of 200 metres per hour with the rolling lava reaching heights of 12 metres in some places, according to the government of the Canary Islands.
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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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