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Over 2,000 fall ill in Malaysia after toxic waste dumped

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

More than 2,000 people, including many children, have fallen ill after toxic was dumped in a and emitted hazardous fumes over a wide area, an said Friday.

About 200 schools and nurseries have been closed in the affected area in southern Johor state after a lorry dumped the last week.

People who inhaled the fumes suffered from nausea and vomiting, and a handful were left in critical condition.

The number of those needing medical treatment has been slowly rising since the crisis began and on Friday the figure stood at 2,355, including 113 still in hospital, told AFP.

No one has died.

visited victims in hospital on Thursday and praised the response of emergency workers.

"They have done their job well even though such a case has never occurred (here)," he said, according to agency

The military has been deployed along with hazardous experts, wearing protective suits and masks, to respond to the emergency and clean up the river near the industrial town of

have reported the waste was a type of commonly used to lubricate ship's engines which emitted methane and benzene fumes. Up to 40 tonnes of the toxic substance is believed to have been tipped into the river.

Three men have been arrested over the dumping of the waste and face up to five years in jail if convicted of breaking environmental protection laws.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 15:25 IST
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