Spain will allocate 206 million euros for the island of La Palma to help residents with the damage caused by volcanic eruptions, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Sunday.
Lava flows destroyed 946 buildings on the island and damaged hundreds more, according to the latest figures. Of the small island’s 85,000 residents, about 6,000 were evacuated from their homes.
“We are here to take on the big task of rebuilding La Palma,” Sanchez said during his third visit to the island since the volcano erupted two weeks ago.
The Spanish prime minister said the multimillion-dollar aid would go to rebuilding infrastructure, water supply, employment, agriculture and tourism. The package will be approved on Tuesday and the money will be shipped as soon as possible.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has not erupted for 50 years, continues to emit ash, smoke and lava.
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