Volcanic island of La Palma now disaster area with lava near coast

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The volcanic island of La Palma, which belongs to Spain, was declared a disaster area on Tuesday. At the same time, the government in Madrid provided 10.5 million euros (12.3 million euros) in emergency aid for those affected on the Canary island, state television station RTVE reported. This was to finance 107 flats and the most urgent expenses of the people whose houses were destroyed by the lava. So far, nearly 600 buildings have been burned and flattened by the blazing hot mass. The number of evacuees dropped slightly to 5,600 after some residents were allowed back into their homes. Accordi…

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