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Chilean ash cloud problems continue

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Chilean ash cloud problems continue


The ash cloud from a Chilean volcano has continued to wreak havoc on the country, closing roads and schools and turning an Andean lake grey. Airline schedules in the Southern Hemisphere have also been badly affected. The Puyehue volcano started erupting ten days ago, sending a huge ash cloud into the sky.

The ash cloud now stretches some 10,000 kilometres eastwards from the volcano, causing disruption in Chile and cancelling flights in and out of many South American airports.

Air passengers in Australia faced delays and cancellations for flights to Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. Around 200 flights have been cancelled, affecting around 60,000 passengers.

Australian airline Qantas has resumed flights in and out of Melbourne but is still not flying to or from New Zealand or within the country.

In New Zealand, flights are also badly affected with many delays and cancellations. Some flights are still operating but passengers are advised to check the status of flights before leaving for the airport.

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