SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, 25 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands has already identified, through the work of the network of social workers in the office of attention to those affected, a total of 154 families who have lost their only home to following the volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja, a figure that will rise as more data is collected.
This was advanced at a press conference by the counselor, Sebastián Franquis, after meeting with the Cabildo de La Palma and the affected municipalities, underlining that these families are “the priority” because they are in a “housing emergency”, and from there, there will be a differentiated treatment “case by case” because there is a lot of variety among those affected, who have second homes or tourist homes.
For this reason, to try to speed up the provision of housing, it has announced that the Executive is going to acquire some 200 prefabricated houses – made of wood and two or three rooms – for which it expects the transfer of land from the town councils of Tazacorte , Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso and the Cabildo itself.
The first will be around 30 that will be built in the municipality of El Paso, with works that will start next week.
The Executive has opted for the wooden model because they adapt better to the environment – in fact there are already several on the island – than the ‘container’ type, which for now are discarded.
Franquis has detailed that the Government has already bought the first 18 homes in Tazacorte and Fuencaliente, for an amount of 1.1 million and that they will be delivered at the end of next week, and the acquisition of another 46 in Tazacorte and 29 in Los Plains of Aridane.
With seven more properties that are owned by the Canarian Housing Institute (Icavi) and another 23 flats that have to be renovated in the municipality of El Paso, around a hundred houses will be available to those affected by the end of the year.
The counselor has also commented that the number of social workers who are on the ground is going to increase – there are a fortnight – and has defended the “unity of action” of all administrations to start the reconstruction that “is not going to be Quick”.
To do this, he has said that the regional budgets for 2022 will have a specific initial item for La Palma of about 100 million.
30 MILLION FOR ROADS
Likewise, he pointed out that a working group has been created with the Ministry of Transport to define the needs of the island in the reconstruction of the road network, with more than 31 kilometers affected and a minimum investment of about 30 million.
The councilor for Social Action of the Cabildo, Nieves Hernández, has commented that the figures from the Cadastre, with 1,030 homes affected, give a “dimension of the drama” that the volcanic eruption supposes, beyond what may be second homes or tourist accommodation.
Thus, he has defended the “commitment” of all public institutions so that those affected can “recover their life projects” and without losing their “roots”, in such a way that he requested that the new population centers that are created are very close of those who have been lost.
Along these lines, he has demanded to speed up deadlines as much as possible in the reorganization of the territory to advance in the reconstruction.