Tuesday, October 19

Lava enters Todoque with force and destroys the church, the health center and the neighborhood association

The Church of Todoque has collapsed due to the increase in the speed of the lava flow in the town located in the municipality of El Paso. The lava had stopped in the town, which it reached on September 21, but is now advancing 100 meters for now, also demolishing the health center and the premises of the Neighborhood Association.

During the day last Tuesday, City Council workers loaded into trucks all the furniture that they could extract from the interior of the parish of San Pío X, such as virgins, crucifixes, chandeliers and paintings.

After reaching the neighborhood and destroying some buildings, it stopped its path before reaching the urban nucleus and continuing its advance towards the coast, separated by just over 2 kilometers. In fact, this Sunday the Cabildo de La Palma had allowed residents of some streets of Todoque, with more than 1,000 inhabitants, to access their homes to collect belongings from 11.00 this Sunday.

In fact, the eruption of the lava came at a time when some residents were collecting some belongings from their homes, so they had to quickly leave the area.

Sources from the Los Llanos de Aridane City Council have confirmed to Efe that the lava that has destroyed the Church is a second stream that runs over the first one that emerged from the volcano and has advanced aggressively. It has also demolished the doctor’s office and the neighborhood association. And in addition to other buildings, it has numerous banana plantations on the horizon.

The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, explained during this day that two streams emanate from the eruption, one to the north that runs “smoothly” on the route already traced since September 19 and another, to the south, which advances to 30 meters per hour in previously unaffected areas. This scenario occurred after two new mouths were opened and the top of the cone collapsed.

The Association of Workers of the Forest Fire Reinforcement Brigades has reported on social networks that the Advanced Command Post has ordered the operation that is collaborating in minimizing the effects of being withdrawn from the work areas due to an increase in the speed of the main wash .

El Paso’s hallmark

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, has indicated in the balance that he has made of the seven days of the eruption that the lava has destroyed one of the hallmarks of the municipality of El Paso.

Zapata has expressed “the enormous pride” by the unit of the palmeros and by the alluvium of affection that they have received during this week.

“We cannot feel more protected and loved,” said the island president, who recalled that among the samples received is that of Pope Francis, as well as mayors from all over Spain and regional presidents.

The president of the Insular Corporation has added that all administrations are working “side by side” to respond to the damage caused by the volcano and has assured those affected that “we will not stop a single minute of working for them.”

“We will work together in the coming months and years,” continued the island president, who pointed out that after reaching the first objective of not losing a human life, now it is time to resolve the housing emergency left by this volcanic eruption.

He also recalled that more than 1,000 people work on the ground to guarantee people’s lives, including the Cecopin del Cabildo, and highlighted that 37 people with mobility problems who were in the El Fuerte barracks have been transferred to social health centers on the island such as the La Dehesa center or the Hospital de Los Dolores.

“We are never going to leave the 6,000 evacuated people alone. Together we are going to show that we are stronger than the volcano,” said Zapata, who has valued the work done by all areas of the island corporation.

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