The Chã das Caldeiras area has been evacuated following the eruption of Pico Fogo Volcano on 23 November an access restricted since 7 December by Civil Protection authorities due to increased volcanic activity.
Updated figures indicate 1030 persons have been displaced and are currently housed in temporary accommodation centres, shelter units built after the 1995 eruption, and with host families.
Local authorities are working on a contingency plan for the possible evacuation of Cutelo Alto and Fonsaco areas. According to analysis provided by the local scientific community and international experts in Fogo, if the lava flow reaches Fernão Gomes, it will most likely descend the north-east side of the volcano. An additional 1500 people may need to be evacuated within and may need temporary accommodation and assistance. In the worst case scenario, lava will reach the communities within the next 3 days..
According to reports from Civil Protection, approximately 95% of the community of Portela and 70% of Bangaeira have been destroyed.
About 429 hectares of land have now been destroyed, including agricultural fields. Livestock also perished.
Volcanic activity continues, although no immediate threat to human health reported.
Humanitarian assistance is ongoing. Displacement will continue for a period of time to be determined as conditions in Chã das Caldeiras are not safe for return.
1500 At risk of further displacement
1030 Displaced from Cha das Caldeiras
850 Receiving assistance in displacement sites
80 Buildings destroyed
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