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Dominican Government plays blame game as 2 dam workers die

Santiago.- The death of two workers and 18 others severely ill at Tavera dam (central) has led to a blame game among Dominican Republic´s canals and dams agency (INDRHI) and the hydroelectric generation utility (EGEHID).

“The INDRHI hasn’t lifted a finger and what it has done is misinform,” said EGEHID hydroelectric generation operations director Claudio Alcantara, who affirmed that if his agency hadn’t intervened, all workers would’ve died.

He called INDRHI officials irresponsible with the workers who fell ill when after having cleaned the tunnels at the Tavera-Bao-Lopez-Angostura hydroelectric complex near Baitoa.

José Ignacio Diaz (Yorkis), 21, of La Lima, Baitoa, and Brígido Acosta, 36, of Monte La Zanja, Sabana Iglesia died reportedly from histoplasmosis, a liver infection caused by secretion of bats, thousands of which were seen nesting within the gallery of the dam´s tunnels.

The 18 workers were taken to private hospitals in Santiago, after spending several days in rural clinics without proper treatment.

Blame game

On Monday INDRHI director Olgo Fernandez blamed a private contractor for the fatalities, but on Tuesday reports having a copy of a communication rejecting his version.

Source: DT

Sep 15, 2015

UPDATE: Dam cleanup deaths now at 3

Santiago.- The worker Tomas Hernandez, 36, who was part of the group of 27 workers infected at Tavera dam in Baitoa, died in a Santiago clinic Wednesday, bringing to three the number of fatalities in the tragedy which the government has yet to respond.

The workers contracted histoplasmosis, a disease caused by contact with the feces of bats and some birds, while cleaning the gallery of tunnels under the dam.

Baitoa and Sabana Iglesia media report that Brígido Acosta, 36, and Jose Ignacio Diaz (Yorky), 21, had passed away from that disease, whereas Cristian Espinosa, 29, and Emmanuel Ureña, 19 are under a coma.

Sep 17, 2015

UPDATE Sep 18: Tunnel cleaners affected by histoplasmosis

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