Friday, June 17, 2011

Argentina. Several locations in Neuquen and Rio Black, declared disaster areas by the ashes of the Puyehue

Some areas of Neuquén and Black River (south), the two Argentine provinces most affected by the ash emanating from the Chilean volcano Puyehue, have been declared disaster and economic emergency, social tourism and their respective authorities. The governor of Neuquén, Jorge Sapag, has made this declaration in the Department of the Lakes, where La Angostura, a resort town located just 40 miles east of the crater, where the mantle of ash rises to 30 centimeters thick.

The mayor of this town, Ricardo Alonso, has described as "transcendental" this declaration, it will serve to increase aid to its inhabitants. "What we are doing is resisting, as in any natural disaster. So we are in eleven days because we put our villa stands as our only industry is tourism," he explained.

In addition, the rupture of one of two underwater pumps that supply drinking water to La Angostura has aggravated the situation. Nine districts remain without power, so the authorities have asked the public "the ultimate rationalization" until Saturday, when they expect to fix the fault.

Meanwhile, 60 percent of its inhabitants still without electricity. Similarly, the governor of Rio Black, Miguel Saiz, made this declaration on Pilcaniyeu Bariloche, regions traditionally devoted to livestock, where the ash layer of four inches has prevented the grazing animals. Here the measure is in effect one year.

In Bariloche, one of the major tourist destinations, residents have organized through Facebook the operation dubbed 'Bariloche, my house' with which it hopes to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to help in the removal of ashes. The work will commence on day 20, around 9.00 am (14.00 pm in Spain).

Volunteers should go to the Civic Center, where authorities were organized in groups of 20, assigning to each zone. Throughout the day, these bursts virarán northeast at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour, so that the ash is expected to move into the Pacific Ocean, as recorded by the news agency Telam. Meanwhile, Chilean authorities have reported that the activity of Puyehue has declined "significantly." "It does not erupt with large or heavy material, like rocks that fell on the international pass Cardinal Samore," contains a statement.

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