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Half of water sources in Albay evacuation centers contaminated

Thirty out of the 60 water supply sources in temporary shelters in Albay have tested positive for contamination, according to a report by Saleema Refran on Unang Balita on Friday.

Twenty-five evacuees, meanwhile, have acquired diarrhea—at least six of them children staying at San Jose Elementary School, where the rainwater collection tanks have been found by the sanitation department of the provincial health office to be contaminated.

Engineer William Sabater of the department said some water sources are positive for fecal contamination, while some are positive for total coliforms, or bacteria also influenced by animal or human waste.

“Ang ibig sabihin po nito ay kontaminado po ito either ng dumi ng tao and/or hayop. Kung may dumi man po ng tao ‘yan o dumi man po ng hayop, kung paano po nakapunta diyan sa tubig, ‘yun po ang malaking question mark,” he said.

Sabater reminded evacuees to ingest only delivered water and use water supply sources at evacuation centers for domestic purposes.

Malacañang is reportedly urging the hastening of the construction of 600 additional restrooms and almost 200 temporary learning centers for the 84,543 evacuees who fled their homes amid the activity of Mayon Volcano.

The local government unit is revalidating the number of evacuees.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Mayon exhibited a greater number of small but consecutive lava fountaining and ash explosions on Thursday. —Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas/KG, GMA News


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