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article imageAshes from volcanic eruption causing anguish in Argentina Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 5, 2011 in World
Buenos Aires - Teams of experts in psycho-social problems are providing support to the people of Villa La Angostura, the city of the Province of Neuquén most affected by the fall of volcanic ash from the Chilean Puyehue-Cordón Caulle complex in the Andes mountains.
The new group of professionals arriving in Villa La Angostura is the fourth team of health-care workers sent to the area since the second week in June by the National Mental Health and Addictions Department of the Ministry of Health of Argentina.
The group consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, physical education teachers, social workers and journalists. The professionals aim to resume the tasks of containment of anxiety disorders, phobic crisis and uncertainty that have been detected in a significant proportion of the local population following the fall of ashes on the region which extends for several weeks since the beginning of the eruption on June 4. About 30 percent of the workforce in the city is paralyzed which has created increased problems of fear and anxiety.
The specialists will also provide assistance to the local authorities, including training health workers, school principals and local volunteers with the objective of leaving in place a capable response capacity. The psycho-social support teams promote group activities and urge people to stop isolation as much as possible by organizing community work and recreational activities designed to improve the emotional well-being of the population.
Depending on the weather, especially wind direction, the ash from the volcanic eruption has continued falling intermittently in the area of Villa La Angostura for almost a month.
It is estimated that the removal of the ash accumulated in the town so far would require nearly one million truckloads. The national government will assist with funds for clean-up operations and the regional government is studying plans to use part of the material in the manufacture of bricks for future construction projects.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has referred to the effects of ash spewing from Chile's Puyehue volcano as "a real tragedy".
Digital Journal overflew the area of The Andes Mountains between Chile and Argentina. The following pictures show the current appearance of the plume of ashes which raises about 3 kilometres high and goes in the direction of the Argentina Patagonia.
Ash plume from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in the Andes Mountains between Chile and A...
Ash plume from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in the Andes Mountains between Chile and Argentina.
Ash plume from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in the Andes Mountains between Chile and A...
Ash plume from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in the Andes Mountains between Chile and Argentina.
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