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Devastating volcanic eruption in La Palma continues to spill lava eight weeks on

Lava from the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano reaches the sea at Los Guirres beach in La Palma, Canary Islands (Credits: EPA)

The ongoing volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands is continuing to spew lava and noxious gas eight weeks after it first started.

These pictures show the damage caused by the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma. It’s been erupting continuously since September 19.

Since that time, 985 hectares of land have been destroyed by the lava.

Many homes and roads have been obliterated and people have had to be evacuated to safety.

In total 1,452 buildings have been destroyed by the eruption. 1,177 were residential properties.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt

The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on November 09, 2021 (Getty Images)

As a result, the Spanish government has pledged 225 million euros (£192 million) in aid to help residents of the island.

Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, said financial assistance for housing would be tax-exempt and that taxes on air travel to and from the island, part of the Canaries archipelo off northwest Africa, would be subsidised for a year.

But in Los Llanos de Aridane, the closest town to the lava flow, some expressed frustration that they had yet to receive any of the promised cash.

‘I want to believe (the aid is coming) but time is passing by and we see nothing,’ said Oscar San Luis outside the local notary’s office, where he was waiting to file paperwork to apply for compensation.

‘I remain hopeful. If you don’t have hope what are you doing with your life?’ the 57-year old, who lost several holiday properties and his avocado plantation to the eruption, told Reuters.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano expels lava and ashes in Tazacorte, near La Palma, Canary Islands

The volcano expels lava and ashes in Tazacorte (EPA)

The Canarian regional government said it had hired 30 people to verify claims lodged in a register for compensation.

Speaking shortly after Sanchez’s address, Carlos Cordero Gonzalez, who runs a clothes shop in Los Llanos, said it was time for action as well as words.

‘Now (the Prime Minister) just needs to say that the money is going to be sent directly to businesses and residents… I hope next week we have the funds in our accounts.’

The Cumbre Vieja volcano expels lava and ashes in Tazacorte, near La Palma, Canary Islands

985 hectares of land have been destroyed since the eruption started (Credits: EPA)

The Cumbre Vieja volcano expels lava and ashes in Tazacorte, near La Palma, Canary Islands

The Spanish government has pledged £192 million to help residents of the island (Credits: EPA)

Aside from the lava, the ash in the air is toxic and has jagged edges that can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

Despite the risks, volunteers have been working tirelessly to clear roads and uncover buildings. The Spanish Navy has been brought in to help.


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