Strong snowfalls over the past few days forced the evacuation of 20 people from Ushuaia, a town on the island Tierra del Fuego.
According to La Voz, last night the people were evacuated from the Dos Banderas neighbourhood, located in the mountain area of Ushuaia. The measure was determined after a joint operation of staff from different departments of the province and the municipality warned that it could not ensure that gas containers and potable water would be available there.
La Voz reports that the weather service said it will continue snowing all day today, though with less intensity than in the past few days. That said, the wind is still strong, and the unstable climate will persist at least until Thursday. Télam reports that 20cm of snow could fall over the next two days.
La Voz also says heavy snow and wind storms began last week in southern Tierra del Fuego, forcing the suspension of classes at all levels in Ushuaia, Tolhuin and Lago Escondido yesterday. Schools opened again today. Also, yesterday was declared day off for factory and community workers, while the trade was not open during the morning.
But the problems caused by heavy snow in southern Tierra del Fuego, were creating problems in the north, and La Voz reported that today there was little fuel in Río Grande’s service stations. There were only two YPF service stations selling fuel – one of which had only diesel and other premium gasoline – and each was only selling $100 per person.