People injured in the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, Canary Islands, received the first foster homes on Monday. About seven thousand evacuated islanders will live in 200 buildings in total.
On Monday, the houses were handed over to five families who lost all their possessions as a result of the Cumbre Vieja outbreak. The buildings which have been handed over to them under a temporary lending agreement are owned by the regional authorities.
Antonio Olivera from the Canary Islands government specified that the houses delivered on Monday to the victims of the volcano are located in Fuencaliente. He added that another 13 residential buildings will be handed over to the municipality of Tazacorte on Tuesday and Wednesday. “There are now around 500 families in hotels that have been evacuated because of the volcanic eruption,” said Olivera.
The authorities will import a total of 200 buildings
According to estimates by the Canarian government, about seven thousand people were evacuated from La Palma due to the volcanic eruption on September 19. On Sunday, the island authorities announced that they had designated a site for the construction of the first 30 prefabricated houses, where the victims would live. A total of 200 such buildings are to be imported to La Palma in the coming months. Modular houses stand on a plot of 7,464 square meters.
So far, the lava flowing from several volcanic crevices has covered more than 1,000 hectares of La Palma, has destroyed over a thousand buildings and many agricultural crops.
High sulfur dioxide emissions and canceled lessons
Two days after the volcanic activity decreased, lava emission in the Cumbre Vieja area increased and the number of seismic tremors increased. On Sunday, two earthquakes exceeding magnitude 4.5 were recorded in La Palma.
Volcanologists from the Spanish National Geographical Institute (IGN) on Sunday said that despite recent signs that the eruption could end soon, it is currently impossible to accurately predict this date. They also pointed to the still high sulfur dioxide emissions by the volcano.
Monday’s lessons in schools in the southwest of the island have been canceled due to harmful fumes from the Cumbre Vieja area.
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