Hidroituango: these are the towns that will carry out the evacuation drill on November 15

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This Saturday, November 12, EPM provided details of this preventive activity that will be carried out in view of the start-up of turbines 1 and 2 of Hidroituango

Hidroituango: these are the towns that will carry out the evacuation drill on November 15

This Saturday, November 12, EPM provided details of this preventive activity that will be carried out in view of the ignition of turbines 1 and 2 of Hidroituango. Source: Colprensa.

The entry into operation of Hidroituango is undoubtedly one of the issues that has been most relevant in recent weeks. The term to turn on the turbines, sanctions, risks and evacuations are some of the most important points.

It is worth remembering that this mega-project has until November 30 to turn on turbines 1 and 2. In the midst of the commotion over a request to extend that deadline since the latest tests recommended by a panel of experts were being carried out, it came to light concern about the risks that the populations located downstream would run.

For this reason, in recent days different authorities have asked Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) and other managers to execute the evacuation drills and establish all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of citizens once the turbines are turned on.

Although last Friday, November 11, the governor of Antioquia referred to the issue of evacuation, this Saturday, the 12th, the manager of EPM, Jorge Andrés Carrillo Cardoso, gave details of what would be the evacuation drill on November 15. .

About 3,500 people will participate in the evacuation drill

EPM reported that a voluntary evacuation drill will be held next Tuesday, November 15, starting at 9:00 a.m., with around 3,500 people living on the banks of the Cauca River.

This evacuation drill covers the sectors located between the villages of Puerto Valdivia, in the municipality of Valdivia, and El Doce in the municipality of Tarazá; as well as some sectors of the Palestina and La Cristalina villages in the municipality of Briceño and La Rica – Torrente in the municipality of Ituango , located downstream of the works between the dam and Puerto Valdivia.

According to what was expressed by Empresas Públicas de Medellín this Saturday, the purpose of the drill is for communities to be trained on how they should act in the event of a failure in Hidroituango.

“The purpose of the drill is to continue with the task that EPM has been carrying out since 2014, as established in the Ituango Project Disaster Risk Management Plan, which includes, among other activities, strengthening the response capacities of the communities with training, prevention and risk management actions in the municipalities of the area of ​​influence and downstream of the works of the future hydroelectric plant”, explained the entity.

Likewise, EPM recalled that the Antioquia sectional Red Cross has been in charge of implementing this plan since its inception.

It is worth remembering that at the end of the Departmental Risk Management Council, which took place last Friday, November 11 in the Antioquia Governor's Office, Jorge Andrés Carrillo, general manager of EPM, reiterated that Hidroituango is stable, safe and controlled. by the company.

of the communities”, indicated the manager Carrillo.

Daniel Quintero says that Hidroituango is ready to go into operation

This week the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, announced that Hidroituango is ready to start operating on November 15.

Mayor Quintero indicated that Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) successfully completed the tests that were being carried out, so Hi droituango could come into operation on November 15; however, he recalled that this depends on the indications given at the Unified Command Post (PMU).