The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma is also causing restrictions and damage to vineyards. According to the agricultural organisation COAG, at least seven percent, i.e. 60 of the 871 hectares of vineyards are affected by lava flows and ash. In endangered zones, the authorities interrupted the power supply. This means that the fermentation tanks cannot be cooled. Furthermore, roads are closed because of the ash rains, causing additional problems. The island government estimates a total damage of at least 400 million euros. By the weekend, 461 properties and 212 hectares of agricultural land, mainly banana plantations, had been lost. 7.200 people had to be evacuated.
(al /Sources: Decanter, Der Standard; Photo: Pixabay Berdan Mardinly)