Governor: Devastation wrought by lava on Big Island 'heartbreaking'

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor took a tour of lava-ravaged Leilani Estates on Tuesday and also met with evacuees, pledging continued state support as the disaster continues.

"It certainly is heartbreaking to see the homes and the families who have lost everything," said Gov. David Ige, while visiting an information and donation center set up by residents in Pahoa.

"We just want to keep everyone safe and continue to look at what we can continue to do to prepare.

It was the governor's second visit to the Big Island since the volcanic activity started Thursday.

So far, lava has claimed at least 35 structures and covered more than 100 acres.

And, scientists warn, the disaster could continue for months.

This story will be updated.

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