Tuba residents' health compromised due to trash slide

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TUBA, Benguet – Mayor Florencio Bentrez is ready to support looming protests in the town over Baguio waste, which has spilled over to Barangay Tadiangan and caused health problems to its residents.

Typhoon Mina toppled the retaining wall of the 30-year-old Irisan dumpsite in Baguio last week, affecting nearby residents.

Bentrez said the least the city could do is to haul its garbage out of Tadiangan as quick as possible to avoid more trash slides in the coming weeks.


“The City of Baguio has the money and the equipment,” Bentrez said, adding the city has resources to continuously haul out garbage every day.

Tuba Municipal Health Officer Lorigrace Austria said water sources at the Ballasiw area have been contaminated since garbage spilled over the area.

The Kagaling River, which flows to other barangays like Nangalisan and San Pascual in Tuba, could have been contaminated as well, Austria said.

To date, there are 332 families in 295 households at Sitio Cinco with no water supply and no safe water to drink.

The trash slide also damaged the water hose which supplies portable water to Ballasiw, Semon and Upper Tadiangan, while residents living near the affected areas were found to be suffering from cough and colds, bronchitis and acute gastroenteritis.

Austria recommended conducting bacterial and chemical water examinations and massive disinfection or decontamination to sanitize the areas affected and to avoid possible occurrences of illnesses.

Residents within the affected areas, including those along the tributaries which are contaminated, are advised to boil their drinking water or use purified water until such time the result of bacteria and chemical examinations is released.

The Benguet Provincial Health Office has provided tetanus toxoid vaccines in the aftermath of the trash slide.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2011.

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