Those affected by the eruption of the La Palma volcano speak out

The uncertainty and the delay in the distribution of aid for those affected by the La Palma volcano, once the eruption ended, has motivated the concentration of around 2,000 people on Monday in the Plaza de España de los Llanos de Aridane. “We are here to demand that donations and aid be sent to people who have lost everything,” explained Alexis Hernández, representative of the citizens’ initiative.

This has been the first demonstration called since the beginning of the emergency on the island, and has consisted of the reading of a manifesto in support of the victims by the volcano and the placement of candles by the attendees forming the word ‘TOGETHER’ within the silhouette of La Palma, in addition to the names of some of the neighborhoods devastated by the lava.

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It has been held in a atmosphere charged with a certain tension and emotion. The different representatives of the participating associations have been shelving their claims before the administrations, although the demand for decent housing is one of the most continuous. Around 500 families have lost their home buried under lava.

From the Association of Residents of Las Manchas, a neighborhood partly devastated by the lava and very affected by the accumulation of ash from the volcano, its president, Jennifer Sánchez, has criticized the action of the different governments and has claimed them “true unity to face the social and economic crisis left by the eruption of the volcano “.

Los Llanos, the most affected municipality

The mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane, Noelia García, has been present at the concentration, against whose council part of the criticism of the organizers has been directed, who have claimed greater speed in the distribution of citizen donations, using the El Paso city hall as an example of efficiency.

García, who recalled that his municipality is “by far” the most affected both in terms of size and number of victims, has said he understands all the complaints, but has stated that the consistory has already distributed these donations to 300 families based on the Single Registry of Affected Persons managed by the Government of the Canary Islands.

Regarding the housing solution, he explained that it is a very complex problem, but he pointed out that his municipality has provided land for the immediate installation of about 80 modular homes.

The concentration was dissolved around seven in the afternoon with the commitment by the organizers to follow up on the requests presented there and claim more neighborhood presence in decision-making on the reconstruction of the island of La Palma in general and the Aridane Valley in particular.

They carry out a test to remove the lava at the La Laguna crossing

Some four meters of laundry have been removed In an initial test to remove the lava at the La Laguna junction, in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, on which different tastings have been carried out, which have initially yielded satisfactory results, the Government of the Canary Islands has reported.

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The test began with a manual tasting in which the absence of gases and a casting temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius. Subsequently, it was deepened with machinery in three successive tastings in which gases and temperatures were measured again, with satisfactory results, since the maximum temperature reached was 120 degrees and the only presence of gases verified was water vapor.

In this first test, a total of about four meters of laundry have been removed. However, it is not possible to extend the results of this test to other sites on the lava-affected surface since, at other points, circumstances and temperatures would not allow it.

If the attempt to displace the lava at this junction is successful, a very important part of the communications between Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte will be able to be recovered, adds the note from the Government of the Canary Islands.

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George Holan

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

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