Trump issues Hawaii disaster declaration after Kilauea volcano eruption


President Donald Trump has declared a disaster in Hawaii after a volcanic eruption on May 3 destroyed 36 structures, including 26 homes, and covered more than 117 acres of land in lava.

Hawaii Governor David Ige confirmed the declaration on Friday, with a statement from the White House saying it was signed on Tuesday.

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The declaration means that federal funds will be made available to state and local governments, as well as certain non-profit organizations, to assist with emergency work and repairs. Ige expects the estimated repair costs from the Kilauea volcano to exceed $2.9 million over the next month.