Sanchez arrives back in La Palma to accompany King and Queen

Image: Government of the Canary Islands

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has returned to La Palma to accompany the King and Queen after cutting short his trip to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Sanchez will accompany King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia as they meet residents and inspect damage. The Prime Minister will stay on La Palma to attend a steering committee meeting on the island tomorrow.

The Royal couple are scheduled to visit the El Fuerte barracks, which is acting as temporary housing for people who have been evacuated from their homes. They will also visit to Todoque and their itinerary will conclude in Los Llanos de Aridane where they will meet with residents of La Palma who have lost their homes.

The latest data shows that lava spewing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano has destroyed 166.2 hectares, 374 homes and affected more than 16,100 people.

The Government of the Canary Islands is urgently seeking to rehouse residents. The damage is currently estimated to be in excess of €87 million but the figure is likely to rise.


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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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