On the Canary Island of La Palma, almost 10 percent of the population has now had to flee from a volcanic eruption, which started more than a month ago.
In the last 24 hours, the authorities forced about 500 residents to leave their homes. This brings the total number of evacuees to about 7,500.
An end to the volcanic eruption in the south of the island is not yet in sight. Therefore, more evictions are taken into account. The continuous flow of lava has already engulfed entire hamlets and the village of Todoque. Now the centre of the village of La Laguna is in danger of being swallowed by the red-hot mass.
A large proportion of the displaced will never be able to return to where they once lived. Their houses have been destroyed, and it will take many years to rebuild on the cooled lava.
According to the latest figures, nearly 2,200 buildings and many hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed. Nearly 9 square kilometres have now been covered by lava from the eruption, which began on September 19 in the Cumbre Vieja group of volcanoes. In the past 48 hours, this involved an area of more than a hundred football fields.