Canarian aid, "crumbs" for those affected by the volcano

The Platform for Victims by the La Palma Volcano, which was created to ensure that the response of the institutions to the catastrophe caused by the passage of lava is accurate and fast, qualifies as “crumbs” the aid that, to date, has launched the Government that presides Angel Victor Torres. Furthermore, they point out that the way the rescue packages are articulated, the future “will be a disaster”, with no possibility of returning to relative normality.

On the other hand, it is no less remarkable that Torres has canceled the meeting he planned to hold today with the members of the group. In his place the vice-counselor of the Presidency will attend, Antonio Olivera, while the head of the regional Executive has summoned them to a meeting “on Wednesday or Thursday”, without at the moment a time has been specified for the appointment. Even so, they cling to the words of the socialist leader, who has assured them “that they are not going to abandon us.”

For those affected by the natural phenomenon, the truth is that they are in a countdown, to the extent that both the Canary Islands and the State are designing budgets for next year, in which, they understand, must be taken into account the damage caused by the Cumbre Vieja volcano. In this regard, and with the aim of crystallizing their claims, putting them on paper, they consider it “urgent” to be able to have a direct dialogue with the administrations, as they have already been doing with the Cabildo palmero, the city councils of the Aridane Valley (Los Llanos, El Paso and Tazacorte) and even the central government.

“We want that when they go to legislate they take into account this disaster; that we can decide on our future ”, they assert from the Platform. Of course, they consider that “no matter how much they give us, they will not pay what we have lost, but, at least, we ask them to respect the market price”, since, if they do not do so, “we will not be able to start over. ”.

It should be remembered that Pedro Sánchez brought to the Council of Ministers a decree law with a set of urgent measures to alleviate the effects of the volcano on homes, farms and other types of infrastructure buried under the hot rocks. In the first instance, 10.5 million were given the green light, and the following week, another 214, assuming a record mobilization of resources never seen, not even in the face of natural disasters in other parts of the country, such as in Lorca or Huelva, where the aid did not fully materialize.
In the Archipelago, however, the main solutions have gone hand in hand with the Vice President and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez, who prepared tax exemptions to help the affected palm trees rise up. An example is the IGIC levy that is established for the delivery of homes, land, rentals and vehicles, which was reduced to zero. In addition, the progressive nationalist also put on the table the acquisition of the first 73 temporary buildings to house those who have been evacuated and have lost everything, with special attention to the vulnerable population. Later, the owner of Housing, Sebastián Franquis, would announce a proposal along the same lines, raising the number of possible acquisitions to about 300.


The Platform for Victims by the La Palma Volcano, which is in the formalization phase to be able to act without ties, has free advice from professionals from different subjects such as Law or Technical Architecture; areas that are essential for reconstruction in all its aspects, from the social, to the material and economic. According to calculations by the European Union (EU) Copernicus program, which uses the satellite satellite to make measurements, up to 1,186 buildings have been engulfed by lava, and another 95 are at risk of the same happening to them, depending on where. the currently active casts advance.

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