Inhabitants near Tungurahua affected after eruption
Since Thursday January 30 following the reactivation of the Tungurahua volcano, the few inhabitants left in the surrounding areas do not feel scared after the event. In the Puela parish between 2001 and 2010 the population was halved and those who stay do not want to leave their homes.
In the province of Chimborazo are six shelters conditioned to receive people that should evacuate for each reactivation of the volcano. The largest coupling shelter is in Riobamba, there are also two in Guano and three in Penipe.
In one of them, only nine people from Pungal took shelter after the heavy explosions the afternoon of Saturday February 1.
On Saturday night at 1:00 in the morning yesterday, the agricultural and livestock canton of Quero, located south west of the volcano, suffered the fall of volcanic material. In this village of scattered houses, the inhabitants rose up yesterday to clean the accumulated material.
Raul Gavilánez Mayor of Quero, works in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture through daily reports to direct aid to farmers.