The first "container" homes arrive for those affected by the La Palma volcano


The first five container-type homes, acquired by the Government of the Canary Islands for families who have lost their homes due to volcanic eruptionhave arrived this Thursday at the port of Holy Cross of La Palma.

The Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Canarian government, Sebastián Franquis, has supervised the arrival of the modular houses, and has explained that they are the first houses of a package of 85 that will arrive on the island.

These houses are made up of two modules or containers, and most of them have an area of ​​60 square meters divided into 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room and kitchen..

These modules will begin to be installed, according to Franquis, in a period of 15 days after carrying out the conditioning and urbanization work on the land, which involves the installation of public water and electricity services, among others.

The Minister of Housing has commented that the efforts of the administrations are focused on the acquisition and installation of homes in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, as it is the one with the largest number of affected people, and after the families' refusal to be rehoused in municipalities of the rest of the island.

Sebastían Franquis has estimated that around 400 families have lost their only home, according to files prepared by social services, and that the objective will be to provide accommodation for families still housed in hotels in the coming months.

"We have also put rental aid on the table for families who prefer it and there are already affected people who have received it," added Franquis.

The new houses were sent from Galicia on February 11, and, after a stopover in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the five houses have arrived in La Palma after a 13-day journey.



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