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Sick families flee Guimaras villages

September 2, 2006

By JUM BALEA

THE National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said about 60 families in two villages in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, which have been directly affected by the oil slick will be evacuated to a point 100 meters away from their seaside homes.

“There is high toxicity in the air in the area so the decision was to evacuate the residents [living within 100 meters from the shoreline] based on the recommendation of the [Department of Health],” Glenn Rabonza, NDCC executive director, said at a press conference in Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.

Rabonza said residents of La Paz and Cabalagnan, two of the 23 affected villages, need to be relocated since they are starting to get sick due to oil fumes.

Rabonza said NDCC has instructed Task Force Guimaras to assess the effects of the oil slick on other heavily affected villages. These include Dolores, Tando, San Roque, Lucmayan, Panobolon, Canhawan, Igdarapdap, San Antonio and Guiwanon in the town of Nueva Valencia.

In Sibunag town, the affected villages were identified as Alegria, Sabang and San Isidro.

“The task group is given one week to do that,” Rabonza said.

(Click Sick flee for the full story, Sept. 2, 2006.)

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