About a thousand people on La Palma will return home this Monday


Between 900 and 1,000 people will be able return this Monday to their homes after agreeing to the Canary Islands Volcanic Irrigation Prevention Plan (Pevolca) the lifting of evacuations in various areas affected by the volcanic eruption of La Palma.

The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, has indicated that some areas of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and Fuencaliente meet safe conditions for the return of its inhabitants and has specified that in the northern area of ​​the eruption 345 hectares are released that until now remained evacuated.

The areas in which the return of its inhabitants will be allowed from this Monday at 9:00 am are, on the north side, from the kilometer point of the San Nicolas road, LP-212, in a straight line to point 44.41 of the general highway of Tamanca, LP-202.

From this point in a straight line to the fork in the road to The Plains of Aridane and Fuencaliente and from there towards the fork of the El Morro del Cabrito road and to the west 500 meters along the Cruz Chica road.

The area in which the evacuation is being lifted continues in a northwesterly direction until the junction of the LP-213 by the Los Barretos road. The lifting of evacuations continues in a westerly direction until the path of Las Martelas de Abajo, to the north of the nucleus of La Laguna, and continues in a southerly direction towards the mountain of La Laguna, surrounding it to the north until the coastline already with the sea.

To the south, it is released from the north of kilometer 37.5 of the general highway of Jedey (LP2) and road 210 is closed. The nucleus that is released at first is the evacuation of The puddle but the new demarcation goes down to Jedey.

Recommendations to relocated people

Morcuende has pointed out that you should not access underground spaces -garage, storage rooms or basements- without a pre-gas measurement and he has specified that if he needs to access these spaces, the Cecopin must be asked to carry out the measurement. He has also recommended that access to the buildings accompanied and before turning on the electricity, the house must be ventilated for at least 15 minutes.

In case of dizziness, lack of breath or strength or nausea, you have to leave the house and notify emergencies, has warned the technical director of Pevolca, who has also said that you have to notify the city council in case you notice bulges, deformations or cracks in the home.

It has recommended that you have a operating phone, that the established limits are not exceeded and regarding the cleaning of the ashes that protect the skin, the respiratory tract and the eyes.

Morcuende has indicated that other evacuated areas cannot be opened until security conditions are met. In that sense, he recalled that there are still 564 people staying in hotels and 40 in social health centers on the island.

A new proposal in the next few days

The Scientific Committee will present a new proposal for delimitation of the perimeter for the possible relocation of the population from other areas or population centers, both in the north and south of the wash, which will be determined based on the proximity of the flows, temperature and height of these or gases, among other issues.

Likewise, in areas south of the colada, rehousing will also depend on the recovery of basic services, like the water. Here, the Steering Committee emphasizes that as long as the necessary security conditions are not in place, the return of people to the rest of the areas evacuated by the emergency cannot be authorized, so that in them the indications given by the Directorate of the Plan must be respected. , which reminds that the legal emergency situation continues at level 2 and red light.

Lava removal at the La Laguna crossing

At this Sunday’s meeting of the Steering Committee, the lava removal works at the La Laguna crossing, in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, where the area is currently being searched and an attempt is being made to open a hole to access the road that goes down to Las Marinas.

This new phase of the work is being more expensive because the machinery is with a harder material than the slag that was above the spill of the casting.


Source: Noticias de última hora, realities y series – Telecinco by www.telecinco.es.

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