Tenerife might have escaped relatively lightly from the storm that’s caused chaos throughout the Canaries over the last 48 hours, and which caused all schools to be closed today, but Gran Canaria has borne what anyone would consider the brunt of it. So much so that 105 litres per square metre has fallen in Telde, and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria has declared a state of emergency, requesting the Canarian Government to send the army in to help in areas where roads have been washed away, and infrastructure damaged. Emergency services say that they have had ten times the number of calls in the eastern province as in the west, and tonight it is all hands to the pumps, literally and metaphorically.

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