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Many Volunteers Help Clean Ash in South Iceland

This weekend, at least 100 people have volunteered to help clean ash from farms and other inhabited areas below the Eyjafjöll mountain range that were subject to the most extensive ash fall from the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

The cleaning begins. Around 100 people, including search and rescue team members, volunteered to help out with the ash cleaning last weekend. Photo by Benedikt Jóhannesson.

The cleaning initiative began last weekend. This time the emphasis will be placed on the hamlet Skógar while various other projects will be tended to as well, Morgunbladid reports.

The largest group of volunteers comes from the Westman Islands, where many people have relatives in the Eyjafjöll region.

“Others are keen on helping out some other way, for example by baking for those who are cleaning,” said police officer Vagn Kristjánsson, who manages the initiative from the service center in Heimaland.

“I believe it is important that as many people as possible contribute to the restoration work below Eyjafjöll,” said Hólmfrídur Halldórsdóttir from Mosfellsbaer, who has been busy baking in the past days.

Yesterday Halldórsdóttir sent 15 kilos of special Icelandic kleinur (twisted doughnuts) and ástarpungar (doughnut balls) to the ash-ridden area.

This week’s cleaning initiative began yesterday when around 20 volunteers helped out with ash cleaning below the Eyjafjöll mountains.

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