The response from the people of Lanzarote and all the other Canarian islands as well as further afield to offer help has been beyond what authorities could have imagined.

The La Palma Cabildo (Government) has thanked everyone for sending clothes so quickly however with what will be arriving in the next few days they have enough and don’t need any more. They are sending out a plea to the people of the Canary isles and overseas to continue with their help. What is desperately required are:

Personal hygiene products, towels, linen, new pillows, new underwear, baby food, nappies, school supplies, non perishable food, animal food and masks (not for Covid but for the ash in the air).

For cash donations the authorities have stated it is best to send directly to La Palma. These are the details of the Town Hall of Los Llanos de Aridane : IBAN ES06 2100 1921 1902 0014 1752 Please write your name and state Donation : La Palma Volcano, Destination : Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) de Los Llanos de Aridane.

The details to send any money donations direct to La Palma.

If you are able to donate items please take to the club at Calle Isleño 4 in Arrecife open Mon to Fri 9am to 12 noon and again 6-8pm. To the shop in Costa Teguise CC Nautical, Local 25, (behind Café Bonjour) Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm. In Playa Blanca please Wattsapp Lisa Dolman on 675163867 as she is arranging pickups and knows where the drop off points are. In Puerto Del Carmen please take items any evening after 8pm to the Irish Harbour Bar in the Old Town and also with Nathan Tadier at the Bucket List Bar on Calle Anzuelo 5.

A view of the eruption of Cumbre Vieja from above the clouds.

Initially the lava flow was travelling fast at around 700 metres an hour but it has now slowed to around 4 metres per hour. This gave the people of the village of Todoque 15 minutes to return to their homes to gather belongings. The Canarian government tried to think of ideas to divert the lava to save the village but the 15 metre wall of lava is just too powerful and that was the last the people of Todoque will see of their homes as nature takes control.

The lava will shortly be dropping 300 metres off a cliff into the sea and this is likely to produce acid rain which can affect the lungs and eyesight. Experts have no idea how long the eruptions will continue. To watch live go to and click on en directo. To see the volcano in all of its power watch at night time.