Laura Caballero performs household duties when she notices that the sky darkened. It is the rain, she thinks. However, 20 minutes later it is a rain of ashes falling on his house, which was forced to close the doors and windows, cover food and clean clothes. It’s 10:30 when these facts came.
Caballero lives in El Pellizco, one of 15 rural communities located north of the city of Chichigalpa who were affected by the unexpected explosion of the San Cristobal volcano, and where more three thousand people are concentrated.
The population suffered ash falls for more than one hour. People were in the streets with towels and handkerchiefs, head covered, lighted traffic lights, traffic was slow and gradually began symptoms such as burning eyes and difficulty breathing.
Rosario Murillo, coordinator of the Council of Communication and Citizenship refers to the strong explosion and the registration at least 10 aftershocks of lesser intensity in the region.
“The ash and gas reached the cities. This is the first time they come to the urban area. We have some very affected areas and we are on alert.
The ash plume rose two thousand meters. This amount of material is deposited at the foot of the volcano, we are at the beginning of winter. The alarm has been decreed, but authorities say they are alert and evacuation plans ready to be implemented to protect the lives of the population.
“For now, personal protection is recommended. The authorities monitor and record the biggest explosions, we must provide assistance to the people living near the tracks,” said Jose Maria Alvarez, head of the Municipal Committee for the Prevention disaster.
The ashes have also not spared Chinandega or El Viejo, cities generally affected by emissions of ash. The rural communities of La Grecia, La Joya and Rancherias were also affected.
This also affects livestock because we are at the beginning of winter and the little grass is covered with sand.
Dust punished street vendors. For over an hour, the commerce of Chichigalpa stopped. There was no one in the streets.
Affected communities are Versalles, Apastepe, Juan José Briceño, Las Nubes, Sirama Norte and Sur, Las Brisas, Los Ebanos, Santa Cruz, Los Liros, Los tres Pellizcos, Cosmapa Santa Matilde, Cuitanca.
April 25 , 2016 .San Cristobal , Nicaragua :
Source : Elnuevodiario.
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