February 25, 2021

Today the search for the two disappeared in Zaldibar resumes



The search for the two missing workers last Thursday when a landfill of industrial waste collapsed in Zaldibar (Bizkaia) will resume this Monday.

The search was reactivated yesterday afternoon with the use of excavators to work more deeply, although with permanent attention to the stability of the land.

Until now the tasks to try to locate these two workers had been practically done by hand and were done superficially to prevent further landslides, with firefighters and ertzainas participating in operations protected with special suits, masks and gloves, given the appearance of asbestos among collapsed industrial waste.

The work of the bulldozers was terminated at 6:00 p.m. yesterday and the forecast is to continue the search work today from 9 a.m.

For their part, firefighters keep “confined and controlled” the fire declared at the top of the landfill, after a helicopter requested to Emergencies of Cantabria made 21 water discharges on the area.

More than half a million cubic meters of industrial waste, including asbestos, precipitated down the hillside Thursday and buried the two landfill workers – the company, Verter Recycling 2002 SL – in addition to cutting the AP-8 motorway for hours (Bilbao -San Sebastián) in both directions and the N-634 road at the height of Zaldibar.

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