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>> Donald Trump approved emergency aid on Thursday for the victims of the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruption. That's according to Hawaii state officials. The relief comes six weeks after Kilauea's eruption began. It's devastated Hawaii's big islands, destroyed hundreds of houses, and caused the evacuation of the entire community. The aid comes a day after Hawaii's governor, David Ige, formally requested assistance for the thousands that had to flee Kilauea's rivers of molten lava.
Estimates of the destruction range between 450 and 600 homes. Officials aren't quite sure yet, but either way it's the biggest number of homes destroyed by a volcano in Hawaii's modern history. The money released by Trump this week will provide grants for people to pay for temporary housing. The aid will also pay for homes to be repaired or rebuilt.
Weeks ago, Trump also authorized a major disaster declaration for Hawaii. That released extra money from FEMA for the County of Hawaii to manage the emergency response. Thursday marked the 43rd day of Kilauea's eruption. Around two dozen fissures have opened on the volcano's flanks since it started, and experts say so far there's no end in sight.