The Gran Canarian palms
The return home of a thousand residents begins, who after being evacuated due to the risk of the Cumbre Vieja volcano can return to their homes after the order has been lifted in their areas.
These are the residents of, to the north, an area of Tacande and Tajuya (the Sombrero roundabout), Las Martelas, La Condesa, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and Las Cabezadas (area of the football field and cemetery); in the South zone, the return of the population of the nucleus of El Charco will be allowed.
The residents of Tacande had to leave home practically with what they were wearing, in an evacuation of just a few hours on October 20-21 when the volcano opened a new mouth threatening their homes.
The residents of Las Martelas, La Condesa, Marina Alta and Marina Baja, for example, had a night evacuation due to the unpredictability of the wash 8 that advanced to La Laguna, which after entering a valley could head towards these urban centers.
At this time, after more than three months of emergency, the representatives of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), has authorized the operations necessary for the relocation of the population of these areas, considering that these already meet safe conditions for the return of these 1,000 evacuees.
The scientific committee determines this order according to the proximity of the streams, temperature and height of these or gases, among other issues such as the recovery of basic services, such as water.
The risks of return
On behalf of the Pevolca steering committee, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, has pointed out the importance of a series of observations and recommendations for relocated people, that they should not access underground spaces, such as garages, storage rooms or basements, among others, without a previous gas measurement has been performed.
He has also stressed the importance of people coming to homes always accompanied and avoiding any source of ignition until the building is ventilated, for which it is necessary to open doors and windows and wait 15 minutes before entering the interior. He has asked them to be attentive to any symptoms, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea or lack of strength, and to be attentive to possible bulging, deformation or cracks in walls or ceilings.
As for ash cleaning work, it is advisable to protect the skin, respiratory tract and eyes, water lightly to avoid raising dust and avoid sloping roofs that will be the task of specialized services, with access to flat roofs and roofs being limited, and avoiding unstable or ash-laden areas such as gutters, awnings, panel overhangs, sheet metal or wood, among others.