Toxic Waste leak making people ill in Kenya


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Toxic Waste leak making people ill in Kenya

People near the Kenyan port of Mombasa say they have become ill after a consignment of leaking chemical containers was dumped nearby. Witnesses told the BBC the containers were abandoned at Kipevu near the port about a month ago by a truck driver who had noticed liquid seeping out. The containers have traces of nitric acid, an environmental official says. The chemicals are also said to be destroying property, corroding the metal sheets used to build houses and melting anything made of plastic. Mombasa’s Deputy Mayor John Mcharo said the two agents are being questioned whilst the council is waiting to receive a report by the National Environmental Mismanagement Authority (NEMA). The Mombasa Municipal Council has ordered the company to appear in court to answer charges of environmental pollution.

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