Malaysia closes 111 schools for the prevention after more than 500 students suffered symptoms of poisoning


Illustration Illustration - More than 100 schools in Malaysia were closed after the disease outbreak due to toxic vapors from waste spreading in the Pasir Gudang industrial area. "The Ministry of Education decided to close 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang area as soon as possible" said Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik, quoted by AFP on Thursday, March 14th 2019.

Initially, Maszlee only closed dozens of schools, but the list of non-operated educational institutions increased as the impact of the outbreak becomes wider. The Bernama news agency reported that this order was issued after more than 500 people, mostly school students, were treated for breathing toxic vapors.

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The steam is thought to have come from garbage dumped in a river in Johor last week. The smell of garbage is alleged to cause symptoms of poisoning, such as dizziness and vomiting. Until now, investigations are still underway. It is not yet clear what kind of toxic gas is spreading from the garbage.

The apparatus has arrested three men who are suspected of being related to the waste disposal process. One of them will be tried in the near future and will face up to five years in prison if found guilty of violating environmental protection laws.


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