Spain Vows to Speed up Aid to Volcano-Hit La Palma

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People ticker  arsenic  the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt connected  the Canary Island of La Palma, arsenic  seen from Tajuya, Spain, connected  Oct. 23, 2021. (Susana Vera /Reuters)

People ticker arsenic the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt connected the Canary Island of La Palma, arsenic seen from Tajuya, Spain, connected Oct. 23, 2021. (Susana Vera /Reuters)

LA PALMA—Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Spain would velocity up assistance to the hard-hit agriculture and sportfishing industries connected the land of La Palma, wherever portion of the volcano’s cone collapsed connected Saturday and reddish blistery lava continued to travel implicit a period aft the eruption began.

Lava has covered astir 900 hectares of land, destroying implicit 2,000 buildings and galore banana plantations. More than 7,000 radical person had to permission their homes since the eruption started connected Sept. 19.

“At the furniture gathering adjacent Tuesday we are going to marque a budgetary modification to accelerate the accomplishment of economical resources for some the Employment Plan and assistance for the full agriculture and sportfishing sector,” Sanchez said astatine a property league during his 5th sojourn to the land since the eruption began.

In aboriginal October, Sanchez announced 206 cardinal euro ($239 million) successful authorities backing for the land to rebuild infrastructure and boost employment, agriculture, and tourism.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said that portion of the main cone had collapsed connected Saturday morning. It posted connected Twitter footage of acheronian ash clouds billowing from the volcano.

Reuters footage showed lava engulfing buildings and a canine who appeared to person had a constrictive flight aft moving distant from the fast-moving flow.

The eruption has been devastating immoderate of the island’s banana crops, which relationship for astir fractional its economical output.

Sanchez paid tribute to each those moving to tackle the eruption, which has caused nary deaths.

By Antony Paone and Jessica Jones

Reuters

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