Chilean court orders forced evacuation due to volcano eruption

15:00, June 11, 2011      

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A court in southern Chile's Valdivia province Friday authorized the forced evacuation of 14 people who refused to leave the area near the erupting Puyehue volcano.

The Nilahue River, which could overflow due to the large amount of ash falling into the water and the heavy rains, would endanger the lives of those who refuse to leave. The governor of the Los Rios region must evacuate them, and public forces can be used if necessary, Valdivia's appellate court said.

Despite evacuation operations launched last weekend as ordered by the governor of the Los Rios region, Juan Andres Varas, 14 people refused to leave.

Puyehue volcano, located in the Andes and some 950 km south of Santiago, began to erupt on June 4. The eruption has forced the closure of airports in Argentina and the cancellation of flights in Chile, Brazil and Uruguay.

Source: Xinhua
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