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    383 oil spill affected families in Phl return home

    SOME 383 families affected by the oil spill in Botongan Village, Estancia, Iloilo province, Central Philippines, returned home Thursday after the United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNCHR) donated tents to serve as their temporary shelters.
    Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. said these families took refuge at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) during the onslaught of killer typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) on Nov. 8.
    Defensor said the Department of Health recommended their safe return to their homes after the toxicology team sent by the DOH, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital and Environmental Management Bureau found zero parts per million (PPM) of benzene.
    The toxicology team was sent to Botongan Village to monitor the ambient air on the oil spill site on December 17-18.
    Defensor said only 50 of the 533 families composed of 2,600 individuals forcefully evacuated were able to return home before Christmas Day while 483 families remained at the tent city.
    He said 100 families who will remain at the tent city are those living within 20-meter radius of the oil spill site that had been cordoned off until such time a total clean-up has been carried out.

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