Fires smoulder as lava flows from La Palma volcano

Lava from the eruption that began on September 19 has laid waste to a total area of nearly 600 hectares, according to the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said.

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants.

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