LAS PALMAS –The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, visited the logistics base of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria this morning. The logistics base, located in the port of Las Palmas, is a key hub for responding to humanitarian needs in West Africa.
During the visit, Minister Dastis toured the 9,000 square metre warehouse used for storing emergency food stocks and commended the innovative manner in which WFP manages resources to increase efficiency.
Ten years ago, thousands of people risked their lives in wooden boats called cayucos to reach Spain’s Canary Islands. This sudden influx of tens of thousands of desperate migrants and refugees overwhelmed the islands and created a humanitarian crisis for Spain and the European Union. But a decade later, very few are heading to the Canaries.
By Giovanni Zambello
Staff and volunteers of the Spanish Red Cross have been working around the clock to tackle the humanitarian consequences of the forest fires that have been ravaging part of rare nature wildlife reserve on Spain’s Canary Island of La Gomera since last Friday. The fires have forced the some 5,000 people - almost a quarter of the population of the island - from their homes. Since 10 August, the municipalities of Alajeró, Vallehermoso, San Sebastián de la Gomera and Valle Gran Rey have been affected by the fires.
People in port of La Restinga, on the island of El Hierro, affected after scientists report volcanic eruption three miles off coast
The regional government of the Canary Islands has begun evacuating the small town of La Restinga, on the island of El Hierro, and raised its earthquake warning level amid evidence that a volcano is erupting deep on the nearby seabed.
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