Iloilo tries to contain oil spill from 'Yolanda'-damaged barge

Aside from dealing with death and destruction, Iloilo is also scrambling to contain an oil spill caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

Last week, the typhoon caused a power barge docked in the province to slam into the shores of Brgy. Botongon in Estancia, Iloilo, causing nearly 500,000 liters of oil to leak into the sea.

According to local officials, the spill has spread over the two-kilometer stretch of the coast of Iloilo.

The National Power Corp. (Napocor), which owns the damaged barge, has vowed to clean the spill once they get a contract from the Power Sector Assets and Liability Management (PSALM).

The contract will determine the cost and manpower that will be allotted to remove the oil spill.

Vice President Jejomar Binay earlier toured several towns in Iloilo, where he described the destruction caused by Yolanda as "horrific."

Yolanda last week ripped through the Visayas region, leaving at least 3,621 people confirmed dead as of Friday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

It is considered the strongest recorded cyclone in the world in 2013.



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