The activity of ubinas volcanowhich has increased its eruptive stage in the last 48 hours, led the Peruvian government to declare this Wednesday the state of emergency for sixty days in seven districts close to the affected area, in the southern region of Moquegua.
After learning that the volcano expels columns of smoke and ash more than 5 kilometers high, the Government announced that the Council of Ministers had made this decision by the “imminent danger due to the eruptive process of the volcano”.
The Presidency of the Council of Ministers explained that this “will allow the execution of exceptional, immediate and necessary measures and actions to reduce the existing risk, as well as response and rehabilitation interventions.”
The decree was later published in an extraordinary edition of the legal norms bulletin and specified that it includes the Moquegua districts of Coalaque, Chojata, Ichuña, Lloque, Matalaque, Ubinas and Yunga.
He added that the Regional Government of Moquegua and local governments “will carry out the emergency, immediate and necessary measures and actions”, with the technical coordination and monitoring of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) and the participation of ministries and other public institutions. and private.
These actions, he indicated, must “have a direct causal link between the interventions and the event, and may be modified according to the needs and security elements that arise during their execution, supported by the technical studies of the competent entities.” .
The decree was endorsed with the signatures of the president, Dina Boluarte, and the prime minister, Peter Caterianoin addition to the ministers of Health, Education, Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Transport and Communications, Agrarian Development and Irrigation, Interior, Defense, Labor and Employment Promotion, Women and Vulnerable Populations, and Development and Social Inclusion.
The volcano entered an eruptive process during the early hours of this Tuesday, which led to raising the alert level to orange, and the emission of ash and gases has reached the districts of Tarucani, Lloque, Yunga and neighboring populated centers, according to information of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).
On Tuesday, the IGP announced that the red alert will be issued and it will begin to evacuate the population from the area if volcanic activity continues to increase.
“We are preparing for a possible high-risk scenario, the areas where they are going to be evacuated are already being seen and how we are prepared if this process becomes a little more critical, but not at the moment,” said the president of the IGP, Hernando Tavera.
Experts report that in Peru there are more than 400 volcanoesof which the Ubinas and the Sabancaya, the latter in Arequipa, remain in the eruptive process, while another five are active, including the Misti, Huaynaputina, Ticsani, Yucamane and Tutupaca.