Nearly 5,000 evac­u­ated af­ter trou­bles at dam

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

NEARLY 5,000 peo­ple liv­ing along a river in north­ern Colom­bia have been evac­u­ated from their homes fol­low­ing flood­ing at a nearby dam.

Govern­ment of­fi­cials said that yes­ter­day one worker was in­jured at a hy­dro­elec­tric dam be­ing con­structed on the Cauca River but is in stable con­di­tion.

The util­i­ties com­pany that owns the Ituango dam says four other peo­ple were also hurt on Wed­nes­day.

The dam is be­ing closely watched for any in­di­ca­tions that it could burst.

The Ituango project is touted by Medel­lín Pub­lic En­ter­prises as be­ing the largest hy­dro­elec­tric dam un­der con­struc­tion in the coun­try.

The com­pany says “nat­u­ral ad­ver­si­ties” are to blame for the cur­rent con­di­tions.

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