Friday 16 November 2018

Miss Michigan praised for using her Miss America intro to highlight Flint water crisis instead of herself

Miss Michegan used her intro to talk about the Flint water crisis at Miss America
Miss Michegan used her intro to talk about the Flint water crisis at Miss America
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Miss Michigan used her short intro at Sunday's Miss American pageant to highlight the Flint water crisis and has been commended on social media for her stand.

Emily Sioma introduced herself to the judges and audience as being "from the state with 84 per cent of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink".

Sioma was referring to the fact that Flint began using water from the Flint River in 2014 while under state emergency management, but did not treat it to reduce corrosion.

Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system.

Some experts have also linked the water to Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs.

People can become sick if they inhale mist or vapour, typically from cooling systems. There were nearly 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.

Residents are still using bottled water.

Emily Sioma did not make the final 15 in the competition but she has been commended on social media for highlighting the issue.

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