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Ecuador: Sangay volcano activity threatens farmers with ash fallout01:52

Ecuador: Sangay volcano activity threatens farmers with ash fallout

Ecuador, Morona-Santiago
June 14, 2020 at 08:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Recent activity in the Sangay volcano has covered nearby areas with ash, affecting several cities as well as farmers who raise livestock in the mountain ranges close to the volcano.

Footage taken on Saturday shows continued ash spumes after a larger eruption took place on Tuesday, which closed roadways and halted flights at the Guayaquil airport near the nation's coastline.

"We were worried, we took some gallons of water and used the hose over the grass we use to feed the cattle, so the ash goes down and the animals can at least eat. Otherwise these poor animals - when breathing and walking - they stir up the ash and inhale it," said Eudoro Cuji, whose animals graze on the mountainsides near the volcano.

The respiratory effects from the fallout are a major concern for residents, who have already been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The volcano is not expected to have any further outbursts on the scale of last week, but continues to see hot lava and ash flow from its crater.

Ecuador: Sangay volcano activity threatens farmers with ash fallout01:52
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Recent activity in the Sangay volcano has covered nearby areas with ash, affecting several cities as well as farmers who raise livestock in the mountain ranges close to the volcano.

Footage taken on Saturday shows continued ash spumes after a larger eruption took place on Tuesday, which closed roadways and halted flights at the Guayaquil airport near the nation's coastline.

"We were worried, we took some gallons of water and used the hose over the grass we use to feed the cattle, so the ash goes down and the animals can at least eat. Otherwise these poor animals - when breathing and walking - they stir up the ash and inhale it," said Eudoro Cuji, whose animals graze on the mountainsides near the volcano.

The respiratory effects from the fallout are a major concern for residents, who have already been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The volcano is not expected to have any further outbursts on the scale of last week, but continues to see hot lava and ash flow from its crater.

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