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Hawaiians build homes for volcano evacuees


Added 06-09-18 07:10:02pm EST - “Hundreds of construction workers hammered together 20 temporary housing units on Saturday for families forced from their homes by Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano in what Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim called a source of hope.” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Hawaiians build homes for volcano evacuees”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hundreds of construction workers hammered together 20 temporary housing units on Saturday for families forced from their homes by Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea Volcano in what Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim called a source of hope.

Lava flows from the volcano have swallowed some 600 homes on the Big Island of Hawaii in the past month in the island’s most destructive eruption in modern times.

The Hawaii National Guard, the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters and various businesses and non-profit organizations gathered in a field behind the Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa to start construction on the first hard-sided, insulated, wired, private structures to be built for evacuees.

“I’ve been surrounded by so much sadness for so many days and weeks, it’s good to be here surrounded by hope,” Kim told Reuters after a blessing ceremony.

Some neighborhoods in the eastern corner of the Big Island have been buried by lava and destroyed. Others are inaccessible but intact, cut off by walls of lava. At the same time, some people remain in their homes in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, risking exposure to toxic gases.

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