Posted On 04 Jan 2017
The situation of Zaruma is critical and any action that will stop the collapse in the center of this city has yet been taken.
Authorities of El Oro Emerging Operations Committee arrived in the county yesterday to assess the collapse of block three, which has affected La Inmaculada private high school since October 26 last year by the collapse caused by illegal mining under the city.
According to residents of Zaruma, this situation has put the entire city on a real time bomb.
Governor Rocio Barriga; The Undersecretary of Risk Management (SNGR), Marcelo Cando; And the city’s mayor, Jhansy Perez, met to assess the damage.
Marcelo Cando said that the topographic studies are ready and a solution is being studied, such as the search for safe rocks in the subsoil, that allow an anchorage for the construction of retaining walls and galleries, to prevent the historic center from continuing to sink.
According to the undersecretary, the job is expected to last two months. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the fifteen houses affected will be evacuated and taken to shelters because of the high risk of collapse as it happened with La Inmaculada school.