The authorities ask the population of risk areas to be prepared for possible evacuation

The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, in application of the volcanic risk plan (pevolca), has activated t

The authorities ask the population of risk areas to be prepared for possible evacuation

The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, in application of the volcanic risk plan (pevolca), has activated the level 2 emergency situation (red traffic light) after the volcanic eruption initiated this afternoon in the cow head area, In the municipality of El Paso.

According to the General Directorate, the emergency situation level 2 has been activated in the municipalities of Tazacorte, El Paso, Fuencaliente, Villa de Mazo and the Plains of Aridane, directly affecting the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, Municipality to which the lamb casts are being headed.

The president of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has affirmed this Sunday that the eruption started this afternoon in the Old Summit, in the cow's head area, is "historical" but has called "calm and caution" to avoid personal injury.

In statements to Canarian television collected by Europa Press, he commented that evacuation plans have already begun with about 300 people in the area closest to the Bocas del Volcán.

Torres has pointed out that the eruption leaves "impressive images" reminiscent of those of Teneguía, in 1971, when it was 5 years old, and maintains that "the good news" is that it has enlarged in non-populated area although it opens a "risk "Forest fire. In that line, he has indicated that "time will be approached" to enjoy this "party of nature" that can even become a tourist claim but for now, he has urged to be "cautious", hence he has asked the Citizens who refrain from approaching the areas where the lava comes out.

For its part, the president of the Cabildo of La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, has prayed to the population that extreme precautions and does not come to the area of the eruption that has occurred this afternoon in the cow's head area, in The municipality of El Paso, to avoid unnecessary risks. While the government delegate in Canarias, Anselmo Pestana, has requested the intervention of the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

In statements to the media, the president has also said that it is very important to keep roads clear so that they can be used throughout the land operation, since collapses are taking place because there are many people who are approaching the area for See the eruption.

The eruption has caused cuts to traffic on several roads, specifically in that of San Isidro-El Pilar, that of the Brecitos, that of the TLOS, the LP-212 to TACANDE and in other sections of the LP-2 and LP- 213. The airport remains operative at the moment.

The Psychological Intervention Group in Emergencies and Catastrophes (GIpec) of the Official School of Psychology of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Island of La Palma has been activated this Sunday to provide psychological care in the emergency to people evacuated by the eruption of the volcano.

At this time, there are nine psychologists and psychologists of GIpec activated in La Palma, whom they could join in the next few hours, if necessary, members of the island group of Tenerife.

As on other occasions, GIpec has been activated by 112 according to the agreement signed with the SUC for the intervention in the so-called non-routine incidents.

Currently, they integrate this specialized group, prepared to intervene in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a total of 45 psychologists and psychologists with training in emergency psychology.

The work of the emergency psychologist is to help people affected to cope with the situation of uncertainty or possible fears or anxiety at the situation that are living, and pay attention to emotional reactions, and specifically to risk groups: children, Seniors, people specially affected by the catastrophe.

It is also its function, among others, to give psychological support to professionals intervening in the emergency (firefighters, police, sanitary, etc.).

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands reported this afternoon that it has attended half a hundred people with reduced mobility evacuated from the area affected by the eruption of the palm.

The Canarian Service of Health, ascribed to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, has arranged the resources and health teams foreseen to respond to the actions referred to in the palm evacuation plan (pleavapal) and the health teams, with Support from Red Cross staff, they are already attending some 50 people with reduced mobility previously evacuated and that have been transferred, along with their companions, the old quartering of the fort. The transfer has been made without incidents and the general state of all evacuated people is good.

Since the Canarian Health Service, through the Management of the Health Area and the Sanitary Services Management, the resources and equipment collected in the Action Plan have been set, with the aim of ensuring an assessment and assistance Basic initial sanitary to citizens affected by the evacuation process.

The air navigation manager in Spain, Enaire, has issued the recommendation as a preventive measure that no flights come out to the island of La Palma. They will be the airlines that will ultimately decide whether they fly to the palm, because air traffic is not closed, add the sources.

Binter Canarias reports the detour to the point of origin of a flight that came out of Tenerife North to the palm. It adds in social networks that is pending the volcanic situation and that at the moment it operates "normally", although the smoke that emanates from the cow head zone "can affect visibility".

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 18:35

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