Argentine President Congratulates the Army
By Dialogo January 30, 2012
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner highlighted the work of her country’s Defense Ministry and Army “to overcome the difficult situation” arising from the ashes spewed by the Puyehue volcano in the Andes mountain range.
The president emphasized that “the Army contributed around 600 personnel, more than 200 vehicles, and water-purification plants for everything that went into the first stage of aid,” she said on January 26, in a videoconference with authorities of the locality of Villa la Angostura, in the province of Neuquén.
In order to respond to the emergency originated by Chile’s Puyehue volcano, according to Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli, 574 Army personnel were deployed, and 132 light and general-purpose cargo vehicles, 87 specialized vehicles (ambulances, workshops, communications vehicles, kitchens, water tankers, and road machinery, among others), and six water purification plants were used, among other equipment.
Some of the tasks that were carried out in 16 localities in the province of Neuquén and eight localities in the province of Río Negro included water purification and transporting and supplying potable water, distributing firewood and non-perishable food, removing ashes accumulated in the streets, and repairing roofs, among others.
Separately, there was also collaboration in fighting various forest fires that occurred in several mountain locations and near Fagnano Lake, in Tierra del Fuego.