111 Johor schools shut after many inhale toxic fumes

Students from two schools in the Pasir Gudang area were taken to Taman Pasir Putih Community Hall for treatment after experiencing breathing difficulties. The authorities said the chemical waste was discharged into Sungai Kim Kim, which flows into th
Students from two schools in the Pasir Gudang area were taken to Taman Pasir Putih Community Hall for treatment after experiencing breathing difficulties. The authorities said the chemical waste was discharged into Sungai Kim Kim, which flows into the Strait of Johor near Singapore's Pulau Ubin.PHOTO: BERNAMA

The owner of an illegal factory involved in tyre recycling in Kulai, Johor, is expected to be charged today in connection with the dumping of hazardous chemicals into a river in Pasir Gudang that has caused hundreds of people to fall sick after inhaling the fumes.

Nearly 500 people, some of them students, have been treated following the waste dumping that occurred some time last week.

Students and teachers in seven schools in Pasir Gudang fainted or had breathing difficulties as the chemicals in Sungai Kim Kim flowed downstream.

The authorities yesterday closed 111 schools in the area while air quality is being monitored closely.

Malaysian media reports said two other individuals have been arrested in connection with the case.

 

Water from Sungai Kim Kim flows into the Strait of Johor, just north of Pulau Ubin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline '111 Johor schools shut after many inhale toxic fumes'. Print Edition | Subscribe