posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 06:09 PM
The December Tsunami in the Indian ocean has stirred up toxic waste illegally dumped in Somalia and washed it up along the shoreline. Somalia has long
been a toxic waste dumping ground due to the lack of a functioning government in the country. Villagers in the affected regions have complained of
various symptoms including nose bleeds, mouth bleeds, skin conditions and haemorrhages.
The United Nations says last December's tsunami has spread hazardous waste that has been illegally dumped on the coast of Somalia.
A UN spokesman says the giant waves have broken open containers and scattered radioactive material, medical waste, and heavy metals.
The UN estimates the tsunami killed up to 300 people in Somalia, but a total of around 18,000 households were directly affected.
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It is estimated that the cost of dumping toxic waste in Somalia is a low $2.50 compared with $250.00 cost for dumping in Europe. Cutting corners and
cutting costs from the industrial giants is serving to destroy nature and turn the planet into a barren toxic wasteland.
This new environmental threat to Africa's coastline will cost the world in both money and quality of life for all the nearby residents affected by the
waste. Somalia is already suffering the affects of forest deterioration, desertification and depletion of wildlife.
Link is below to a full copy of the United Nations report and assessment
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