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Malaysia shuts 34 schools as toxic waste sickens students

AP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

has ordered 34 schools in southern state to close after toxic waste illegally dumped into a river sickened scores of students and teachers.

said in a statement Wednesday that the shutdown was necessary because the situation had turned critical.

More than 500 people have reportedly fell ill with symptoms such as breathing difficulties, nausea and vomiting, and treated for chemical poisoning after breathing in toxic fumes from the waste.

Minister was quoted by the country's agency as saying that rain could have caused the contamination to spread despite efforts to contain it.

Three people have been detained during an investigation. Two are factory owners.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:51 IST