Solidarity aperitif: an aid for the reconstruction of La Palma


The Cumbre Vieja volcano, located on La Palma island, continues to eject rivers of lava 15 days after its first eruption began. Given the magnitude of the natural event, specialists have not yet been able to predict if there is a near end. For their part, national and local authorities have implemented a series of measures to safeguard the population and provide support in housing, infrastructure and irrigation.

The emergency operations began with the immediate evacuation of some 5,000 residents, including 500 tourists who were vacationing in the region. To date, no fatalities have been reported. However, property damage continues to rise as the event spreads. About 360 hectares have been razed, and about 1,000 buildings were destroyed after the passage of lava flows from the volcano.

The area affected by the rash

The island of La Palma has around 83,000 inhabitants. Along with Tenerife, La Palma is the island with the highest volcanic activity in the group of islands with the Canaries. The eruption has become the eighth since records began and the first to occur on La Palma since 1971.

The last eruption recorded in the Canary Islands occurred underwater off the coast of the island of El Hierro in 2011. The natural event lasted for five months. Unlike the better known islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, La Palma is not a popular tourist destination.

The aid plan of the Government of Spain

In his recent trip to La Palma, the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, announced the implementation of an aid plan with an investment of 206 million euros. Said plan will soon be approved by decree of law in the Council of Ministers, and it is destined to guarantee the reconstruction of houses, shops, plantations and infrastructures. In the same way, it promises to provide a solution to the problem of water supply on the island, as well as to offer assistance mechanisms in labor and tourism matters.

After the water shortage problem, it is estimated that two portable desalination plants acquired by the Canary Islands Government will arrive in La Palma in the next few days, as well as a tanker with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters of water. The use of Kamov helicopters is also planned to transport water from reservoirs to agricultural areas.

A wave of solidarity on La Palma

Many companies have launched initiatives to support and accompany the inhabitants of the island. From insurance companies, financial entities from all over the country have made their services available to provide support to the victims.

For example, the communication company Orange has implemented additional staff to ensure the continuity of the mobile and fixed network communication service. It will also provide a free 35GB per line data voucher to all of its customers on the island. All this with the aim of mitigating the impact that the evacuation has produced on the population.

For its part, Pepephone has also implemented a series of special measures to accompany its customers. The company has charged an extra 50 gigs of data in the voice and data rates. It will also discount the internet service between September 19 and 30 and will apply a 50% discount on the electricity bill during this month.

The Zurich insurance company has also made an accompaniment service available to its clients on the island to carry out claims and procedures. Likewise, it also offers free psychological support to professionals who are currently working in the area providing help in the event of an emergency.

Golden Mile joins the solidarity action

The real estate agency announced, within the framework of the events on La Palma, the holding of a solidarity aperitif to be held on October 29, in which a solidarity raffle will be held as a donation to help the victims of the accident. The winner of the raffle will have the opportunity to enjoy a week end in a beautiful vacation home within the exclusive El Palmeral complex in Adeje.

This spectacular duplex villa consists of 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It also has a private pool for exclusive use, an artificial grass garden equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and everything you need to sunbathe. It also has an outdoor dining area with space for 8 people, gas barbecue. The property is located just 3 km from Diego Hernández beach.