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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mine tunnel water leak in Itogon causes force evacuation of more than 10 families

Baguio City - Eleven families were reported to have been evacuated in Sitio Goldfield, Barangay Poblacion in Itogon Benguet after water from a tunnel of an old mine was seen leaking. 

Families residing near the area were advised by authorities to evacuate due to a possible land erosion caused by the said leak of an old mine owned by Atlas Mining and Development Corporation. 

Local radio station reports that evacuated families were temporarily sheltered at the Goldfield Elementary School where they were given relief goods and later were allowed to go to their relatives. 

Police authorities of the Itogon Municipal Police Station has put up police line to prohibit residents from returning to their homes until the area was studied and declared safe. 

The local government of Itogon, Benguet Corporation and Mines and Geosciences Bureau will conduct today a study to the area to determine the cause of the water coming from the tunnel.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan has appealed to the affected families not to return yet  to their homes and allow authorities to conduct a study to determine the cause of the problem.

source: Bombo Radyo Baguio


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