Nearly 800 residents evacuated amid volcanic eruption in Spain

More or less 800 people (no precise account) in Spain have been evacuated as a result of the ongoing volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma

According to the local emergency services statement, the new wave of evacuations came after the approximately 6,000 people who were evacuated in the early days of the 24-day eruption on the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the southwest of the island. A new lava flow, which started after the north face of the crater collapsed at the weekend, has thus far covered 595 hectares of land on the island, which forms part of the Canary Island archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, an estimated 1,281 buildings have been devastated by lava and it has also led to the formation of around 60 hectares of new land. One branch of the new flow on Monday destroyed a cement factory in an industrial estate, leaving 3,500 people from the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane temporarily confined to their homes due to noxious gasses. Measurements of Sulphur dioxide and a continued chain of small earthquakes have implied that this eruption would last much longer.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he will make another visit to La Palma on Wednesday, his fourth of the kind over the three weeks. The prime minister will give further details of his government's emergency aid plan. The plan has already designated about 237.8 million U.S. dollars in aid to help evacuees and the island's economy, which is mainly based on tourism and banana planting.

 

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