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Mayor of Ubinas laments the indifference of the authorities regarding volcano eruption

By Sophia Guida

The Mayor of one of the towns affected by the Ubinas volcano eruption criticises the government’s response.

Mayor of Ubinas laments the indifference of the authorities regarding volcano eruption

Ubinas volcano (Photo: Carlos Zúñiga/Flickr)

According to RPP Noticias, the district mayor of Ubinas (Arequipa), Pascual Coaquira said that he has been working to achieve the relocation of villagers living near the volcano, which erupted yesterday.

Coaquira asked the authorities to comply with the emergency law of 2006, a year in which much activity was also recorded in the Ubinas.

During the interview, he said that villagers are aware of the danger, but are disillusioned with the broken promises by the relevant authorities.

“They are making an estimate to relocate the residents, but it is a shame that our regional government authorities have done nothing in eight years,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that the authorities we elected would leave us to die,” he said.

According to Peru21, residents of Querapi, the area close to the volcano, had planned to evacuate to Ubinas, located six kilometers away from the volcano, and then to Pampas de Hawái.

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