The Icelandic government decided at a cabinet meeting this week to contribute ISK 139 million (USD 1.1 million, EUR 850,000) in additional funding towards pressing projects in the regions in south Iceland that were hit by the volcanic eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn in 2010 and 2011.
Ash fall during the 2012 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The additional funding will be paid out to the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, the Icelandic Road Administration and the local district Skaftárhreppur, all of which had to cope with unexpected expenses following the eruptions, Fréttablaðið reports.
Total state funding because of the two eruptions since the series of natural disasters began in the spring of 2010 now amounts to approximately ISK 1.4 billion (USD 10.7 million, EUR 8.6 million). The amount does not include costs covered by various institutions out of their annual budgets.