20 Jun '11, 12am

Chile lifts evacuation order after volcanic activity from Puyehue decreases; thousands allowed to return home

Chile lifts evacuation order after volcanic activity from Puyehue decreases; thousands allowed to return home

A woman and a boy walk in Villa Llanquin, a hamlet in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, covered by volcanic ash, which spewed from Chilean volcano Puyehue. Thousands of evacuated Chileans were allowed to return home, two weeks after the eruption of the Puyehue volcano. -- PHOTO: AFP SANTIAGO - THOUSANDS of evacuated Chileans were allowed to return home on Sunday two weeks after the eruption of the Puyehue volcano, which sent a huge ash cloud into the sky and disrupted air travel in the southern hemisphere. 'The volcano's activity has been steadily decreasing, which allows us today to lift the evacuation order in the area and permit the 4,270 people who have been evacuated to return to their homes,' said Laurence Golborne, Chile's minister for mining and energy. The June 4 eruption of the Puyehue volcano high in the Andes mountains wrought havoc with air travel across So...

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