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€200m more pledged to help island of La Palma as volcanic activity continues

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The Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has pledged €200 million to help the island of La Palma recover from the damage from the volcano that continues to spew lava.

Sanchez was briefing journalists after visiting the affected area of the Canary Islands for the third time. The government has declared the island a disaster area.

“I think it is very important that we all take precautions, that we keep a close eye on what the steering committee, the experts, and the scientists are telling us, to remain vigilant because the volcano is still active and spewing lava and therefore the consequences are there from the point of view of material loss, but also from the point of view of the health of the citizens of La Palma,” he said.

Health is of increasing concern as there has been little let-up of discharge from the Cumbre Vieja volcano since it erupted on September 19.

Emergency personnel are continually monitoring air quality in residential areas affected.

Experts estimate the debris has already covered an area bigger than 25 football pitches.

The announcement of increased aid comes on top of the €10.5 million for building houses and basic necessities approved by the government last week.

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