Nicaragua Evacuates 3km Radius of San Cristobal Volcano

Managua, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua started today evacuating more than 300 families in a radius of three kilometers from San Cristobal Volcano, north Chinandega, because it has increased activity.

Rosario Murillo, coordinator of the Consejo de Comunicación y Ciudadanía, asked the people to cooperate and move into shelters to prevent further difficulties, especially exposing their health and lives.

Murillo highlight in telephone interview for Canal 4 TV chanel the work of the Sistema Nacional de Atención, Mitigación y Prevención de Desastres (Sinapred) and other bodies from yesterday because of the rumbles and the 500 to 800 m-high gas and ash emission.

The government brass stressed on the need to support those working for the people’s welbeing and assured that there will always be fresh news on the developments and measures enforced under the yellow alert in the volcano’s vecinity through Sinatrep.

President Daniel Ortega, for his part, ordered to enforce the yellow alert to introduce the measures needed should further complication may occur and activated the Municipal Committees of Prevention, Mitigation and Disaster Attention.

The Civil Defense sent in four contingents with the logistics to evacuate the population, added Guillermo Gonzalez, exec. Secr. of Sinapred.

Similar situation in September forced to order road closing, limit the traffic and the use of masks, among other measures, to prevent complications since Nicaragua is sitting right on one of the largest section of the fault in the Pacific, origin of the 1,750m above sea level colossus.