On the Canary Island of La Palma, the authorities have ordered further evacuations because of the outbreak of the “Cumbre Vieja”. For some, it could be a goodbye forever.
La Palma – Glowing lava is approaching other inhabited areas on the Canary Island: On La Palma in Spain, hundreds of people were asked to evacuate this Tuesday. According to the authorities, 700 to 800 residents of the village of Los Llanos de Aridane are affected.
Since the eruption of the volcano in the Cumbre Vieja three weeks ago, around 6,000 people have had to leave their homes. They stayed with relatives in other parts of the island or in hotels.
Many of them will never be able to return, reports dpa correspondent Jan-Uwe Ronneburger. Their houses were burned and buried by the lava, which was up to 1200 degrees Celsius. Reconstruction on site is also impossible for decades.
Volcanic eruption on La Palma: Lava sets businesses on fire
Just hours before the evacuation was ordered, an exit restriction had been lifted in the same area near the Callejón de la Gata commercial park. This had been imposed the day before as a precautionary measure because of potentially toxic fumes because the lava had set fire to several plants, including a cement plant. However, no toxins were measured in the air on Tuesday, Pevolca said.
A curfew had already been imposed on around 3,000 residents of the island on Monday. “We have decided that the residents have to stay at home until we can analyze whether the air quality allows a normal life,” said the head of the emergency commission, Miguel Ángel Morcuende.
The Cumbre Vieja erupted on September 19th and has been active ever since. So far there have been neither injuries nor deaths, but thousands of people had to be brought to safety. More than a thousand buildings were destroyed. (AFP / dpa / frs)