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Death toll in Leyte landslide that hit EDC project rises to 12

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - Seven more people died in a landslide that struck the geothermal project of the Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation in Kananga Leyte, bringing to 12 the number of fatalities in the March 1 incident, according to the town's acting police chief Insp. Antonio Angcay.

Two more workers of EDC remain missing, according to Angcay.  

On Tuesday, rescuers found it difficult to look for the missing EDC workers. With no other equipment but shovels, the rescuers had to dig manually to look for them.   

The charred remains of those earlier retrieved indicated burns from hot gas, which leaked when the landslide hit the EDC pipeline. Tests showed the leak tested positive for the toxic chemical boron, which spread to a nearby river, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The DENR is checking the extent of the spread, as high levels of boron could harm the river life. Many residents said they relied for lots of things on the river, which was also part of an irrigation network. High levels of boron when ingested in humans could cause dizziness, nausea, difficulty in breathing, diarrhea, and convulsions.

 

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