Tuesday 23 July 2019

Toxic fumes from industrial waste leave dozens in hospital

Emergency personnel help a student as she arrives at an evacuation center at Pasir Gudang district in Johor state, Malaysia. Photo: Thomas Yong/AP Photo
Emergency personnel help a student as she arrives at an evacuation center at Pasir Gudang district in Johor state, Malaysia. Photo: Thomas Yong/AP Photo

Rozanna Latiff

Malaysia has ordered nearly 500 schools and kindergartens to close until tomorrow, after dozens of people were hospitalised with symptoms suggesting they breathed toxic fumes, possibly from industrial waste, the second such incident this year.

Students made up the bulk of the 75 people who have suffered breathing difficulties, vomiting and dizziness since last week, after inhaling the fumes, possibly from waste dumped by factories in the southern state of Johor, bordering Singapore. More than 1,200 people went to hospital in a similar incident in March.

Irish Independent

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