The Cabildo de La Gomera has reported this Sunday that all the people who reside in Argaga, the area where a strong detachment occurred this Saturday, as well as the rest of the people who may be in the area are located. A conclusion they have reached after conducting a search in the Valle Gran Rey lodgings and after canine units also searched the area, in addition to aerial means. The guidelines for the emergency operation that continues in the area focus on stabilizing the slope and on the search for real alternatives that allow communication in this nucleus of the Vallehermoso municipality.
For now, the access to Argaga has been closed while formulas for the accessibility of this area of La Gomera are being studied with the construction of a jetty by the emergency route.
The operation deployed in the area before the declaration of the Territorial Emergency Plan for Civil Protection of the Canary Islands (PLATECA) held, this Sunday morning, a coordination meeting with the participation of the president of the Cabildo, Casimiro Curbelo; the general director of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, Gustavo Santana; the insular director of the General State Administration, Mario Cruz, together with the mayors of Vallehermoso, Emiliano Coello, and that of Valle Gran Rey, Ángel Piñero, as well as representatives of the rest of the entities and associations that participate.
The president of the Island Council, Casimiro Curbelo, explained that the stabilization work on the slope will require time and specialists to travel to the island, “who are already on their way and will provide more information on the situation of the entire cliff.” Meanwhile, he announced that alternatives are being sought to avoid the isolation of the area, for which, provisionally, both air and maritime mechanisms will be established to allow the transfer of food and people.
He also announced that he will expose to the Government of the Canary Islands the urgency of building a jetty “to be sure that the citizens who reside there can access their homes and lead a normal life.”
The detachment occurred at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. From that moment, the emergency operation was activated, which was coordinated by the Island Council, the cooperation of the Vallehermoso and Valle Gran Rey municipalities, Civil Protection, Valle Gran Rey Volunteer Firefighters, Road Maintenance Service, AEA , Civil Guard, Local Police, Red Cross, Canary Islands Emergency Service and three GES helicopters.
Once the evacuations of the area had been carried out, the Government of the Canary Islands activated the Territorial Emergency Plan for Civil Protection (PLATECA) with the incorporation of more media displaced to the island: Canary Police, Red Cross, AEA Rescue Unit and members of the GES.
Since early this morning aerial work continued in the area, while the 1-1-2 indicated that during the night the ground device, of which sniffer dogs are also part, have searched without result for possible victims who were in the area at the time of the collapse.