Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast causes more death.

Africa: I am still trying to wrap my head around this because it just seems unreal a ship crew would just dump waste all over the capital like it was just garbage.

Six people have now died from the toxic waste dumped in the biggest Ivory Coast city, Abidjan, while 9,000 have sought treatment, the government says. The UN has set up an inter-agency team to respond to the crisis. A French team is analysing the waste, and says it will produce a report by the end of this week. The Ivorian government resigned after protests over the toxic waste, and no new administration has yet been formed, threatening the fragile peace process. The waste was dumped by the ship, the Trafigura Beheer BV, and has been found in some 10 open-air sites around Abidjan. Residents complain of a smell of rotten eggs on the streets. Environmental group Greenpeace say the sludge dumped is made up of some 400 tonnes of oil-refining waste.

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