Spanish PM promises to rebuild La Palma after the eruption ends

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that he would help rebuild La Palma, the island where the volcano erupted about two weeks ago.

The eruption has destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands of people to flee. In his statement, Sanchez added that the island was safe for tourists to visit.

Sanchez is making his third visit to La Palma, which is in the Canary Islands, since the eruption began September 19. Sanchez said the government would approve 206 million euros in aid this week.

“Next Tuesday, the Cabinet will approve a very large aid package to assist various areas, such as infrastructure reconstruction, water supply, job creation, agriculture, tourism and benefits,” he told a press conference.

A man looks at the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on La Palma Island, Canary Islands, which continues to erupt from the Tacande de Arriba region of Spain on October 2, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Juan Medina)

A man looks at the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on La Palma Island, Canary Islands, which continues to erupt from the Tacande de Arriba region of Spain on October 2, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Juan Medina)

The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano has destroyed more than 900 buildings. About 6,000 people have been evacuated from homes on the island of about 83,000 people.

On Sunday, the volcano spewed hot lava and thick black smoke for the 15th day in a row.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute said it had recorded nine earthquakes linked to the eruption overnight, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 3.5. (vm/ka)

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