Lava flows are advancing at almost one kilometre per hour. / AFP

La Palma volcano eruption already affects 'a hundred homes' as the lava 'eats' properties

More than 5,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes since the eruption on Sunday afternoon

COLPISA

The authorities managing the volcanic crisis on La Palma are confident that the eruption will not force them to evacuate more people, after around 5,000 residents have already been forced to leave their homes.

The president of the island’s council, the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata said in an interview this Monday that there are around a hundred houses already affected as the "lava literally eats houses."

Hernández Zapata said that "the advance of the lava to coastal areas" worries him, although he was relieved that no lives have been lost and is reassured by the support offered by the Canary Island and national governments to recover from the disaster.

Ángel Víctor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, explained in interviews this Monday morning that "in around 48 hours, they will be able to predict how long the eruption of the volcano will last". In addition, he also confirmed that at the moment no more evacuations are foreseen since "there is no forecast of a new eruption point.”

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, sent a message of calm to the people of the island on Sunday night and said he was confidence in being able to recover material losses "as soon as possible." As soon as it was known that the volcano had erupted, Sánchez announced that he was cancelling his trip to the United States, where he planned to attend the UN General Assembly in New York, and go to the Canary Islands instead to follow the situation.