La Palma volcano triggers further evacuations in Spain’s Canary Islands

Published : October 22, 2021 13:35 IST

There are concerns that the Cumbre Vieja volcano could continue activity for the next three months, leaving many more homes at risk on the island of La Palma. Photo: Saul Santos/AP/picture alliance

Hundreds more people have had to leave their homes on the Spanish island of La Palma.

Volcanic activity on La Palma in the Canary Islands has prompted another round of evacuations, local media reported on October 21. According to Pevolca, the committee managing the emergency response, 500 people had to leave their homes overnight as molten lava moved deeper into the coastal town of Tazacorte.

Cumbre Vieja began to erupt over a month ago. Around 7,500 people have had to flee their homes since the start of the eruption.

Lava flow continues path of destruction

The lava flow has completely buried homes and businesses, destroying the livelihoods and possessions of many residents. The mayor of Tazacorte, Juan Miguel Rodriguez, told local broadcaster RTVE that some are beginning to lose hope. "There is already a certain degree of despondency and desperation, waiting for the volcano to subside,” Rodriguez said.

The E.U.'s Copernicus Earth Observation Programme said the lava flow has covered 866 hectares (2,100 acres) of the island. Around 2,185 buildings have been destroyed since the eruptions began. It's feared the volcanic activity could continue for the next three months and many more homes could be destroyed. The Spanish government has vowed to assist in the rebuilding of destroyed and damaged infrastructure.

kb/wd (AP, dpa)

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