Nearly 15,000 Chileans Stranded at Paso Internacional Los Libertadores Border Crossing
Weather forecasters expect weather conditions on Sunday to permit the reopening of the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores.
Due to poor weather conditions in the mountains between Chile and Argentina, the Los Libertadores border crossing near the town of Los Andes in the Región de Valparaíso remained closed on Saturday stranding nearly 15,000 Chileans who had crossed the border to celebrate Fiestas Patrias.
According to the Governor of Los Andes, Edith Quiroz, the area has been affected by snowfalls and has been closed since Thursday September 19. “15,000 people should have returned through this crossing between today and Monday,” said Quiroz, “but because of freezing temperatures and between 40-50 centimeters of snow it has been difficult for authorities to open the crossing.”
Meteorologists have suggested that weather conditions on Sunday should allow for the border complex to be reopened, but authorities have not given any specific time. There is a contingency plan in place meet the high volume of people expected to cross the border Sunday and Monday.