The gases from the volcano give no respite and prevent thousands of people from returning home to La Palma | Radio Club Tenerife | The news from the Canary Islands

Thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes on La Palma as a result of the presence of toxic gases. “We continue to find high values ​​of carbon dioxide that displace the oxygen and that do not allow us to think that the return is already, that it is fast,” Miguel Ángel Morcuende has revealed in the SER. The technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (PEVOLCA) has also insisted that “we must start studying in the Canary Islands what is already being studied in other places, such as Italy”, designing risk plans that allow us to be prepared to new eruptions.

The situation on La Palma remains critical. The most serious thing at the moment are the 539 people housed in hotels, most of them have lost their homes forever. Given this, the Government has delivered 37 homes in total. Visocan has about 62 more homes available that have not been delivered pending the social services report. “What can be done is to go faster and that is the Government’s purpose, because the first priority is housing, residential,” said Julio Pérez, spokesman for the Canary Islands Government and emergency counselor.

In addition to the construction of houses, efforts are focused on the restoration of basic services such as water and the road network in the areas affected by the La Palma eruption. Build an agricultural estate to compensate for the lost land and reactivate banana cultivation in the affected areas. Efforts are also used to relocate residents whose homes are in exclusion zones. Thousands of homes and tourist beds are still blocked in areas such as Puerto Naos, where gases prevent the reopening.

In the Canary Islands there are no volcanic risk maps that consider factors such as vulnerability in the path of runoff

On the islands there are maps to calculate where a volcano can erupt, as a natural phenomenon, but there are no maps that allow us to go ahead of the lava and calculate its possible destruction. “I am sure that precise risk maps will be made for the island of La Palma, real risk cartographies that incorporate factors such as exposure and vulnerability, two elements that are yet to be developed in the islands”, says Abel Díez , director of the Chair for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Cities at the University of La Laguna (ULL).

“If there is any place in Spain that has volcanic risks, it is the Canary Islands, therefore we must start working now, especially in spatial planning, thinking about how to modify that vulnerability,” explains Miguel Ángel Morcuende. “We always have to work on the possibility of reducing vulnerability and this is what we must ask for in the future, this problem does not only affect La Palma, we must work on all the islands and we cannot look the other way. , because this can happen on any other island in the Canary Islands “, he adds.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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