Updated 19 August: Arona muncipal technicians have visited the apartment block along with experts for the insurance company in order to establish the works required to make the building safe. The council says that during the visit the central pillar of the ground floor was determined clearly to be the most affected and in need of reinforcement; it is thought that the occupants could then return, in around a fortnight, while further subsequent works expected to take several months focus on related aspects of the structure in the same area.

Original post 17 August: Arona Ayuntamiento says that during the night some 20 residents were evacuated from a building in Calle Fuerteventura, El Fraile, that they had reported feeling as though it were shaking. Following technicians judging it unsafe, the council says that it has equipped the municipal sports pavillion for the residents of the eight apartments to stay temporarily: a ninth apartment is unoccupied.

The 15 adults, 5 children and 5 pets were allowed in to collect immediately-needed personal belongings, and this morning, the Ayuntamiento’s Urbanismo and Emergencias services have confirmed visual structural damage and water seepage, and the building has now been cordoned off entirely.

The council says that in such cases of private buildings it has power only to view, assess and cordon off if a risk to public health is established. This is the case in this situation, and thereafter, the council must liaise with the Community of Owners for technical evaluations and decisions for any repairs or corrections needed. Meanwhile the building remains evacuated and roped off to all.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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