A surge of lava destroyed around 100 homes on Spain’s La Palma island a day after a volcano erupted there, forcing thousands from their homes, local officials said on Monday.
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Sergio Rodriguez, a local mayor in a nearby village of El Paso said at least 20 homes were completely destroyed by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted Sunday for the first time in 50 years.
He spoke of the volcano’s indiscriminate destruction. “The lava left absolutely nothing in its path”, Rodriguez told TVE broadcaster, saying residents were living in uncertainty.
They will “not be going home for a while, most definitely”, he added.
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Spanish media said as many as 100 homes might have been impacted by the eruption.
The local government predicts that the lava will flow to the southwest, towards more inhabited and wooded areas, before reaching the coast.
As of Sunday, no casualties had so far been reported.
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The interior ministry said 200 members of the security services had been mobilised with a helicopter as back up.