June 19 - Officials bring aid to Argentine village covered in volcanic ash. Julie Noce, reports.
Help is on the way for residents in the Argentine town of Villa La Angostura after ash from an erupting volcano in neighbouring Chile has all but covered the village. Emergency workers are bringing food and water to residents who've yet to evacuate. One rescuer explained the difficulties people face in leaving their homes and livelihoods behind. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RICARDO HAS, VICE-PRESIDENT OF VILLA LA ANGOSTURA RESCUE GROUP, SAYING: "Even if you give people an alert saying they must evacuate, you can't make them leave. It isn't easy. The other side of this is that, more than anything, they prioritize their animal. Most of the people here live off their animals. So they stay to watch them, to give them food, because that's what feeds them also." The federal government has sent Argentine troops to the region, in addition to civil defense personnel, and national park workers already in the region. Divers regularly check ash levels in nearby waterways to test for precipitation levels. Scientists have warned that rising ash levels could trigger flooding which will worsen when the winter snow hits. Julie Noce, Reuters