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Malaysia air pollution: Schools shut after illness hits children
  Monday 24 June, 2019
Malaysia air pollution: Schools shut after illness hits children

More than 400 schools in the Malaysian state of Johor are closed after 75 students experienced breathing difficulties and vomiting.

Schools in the industrial area of Pasir Gudang have been shut until Thursday as authorities investigate the latest air pollution incident to hit the state.

In March, about 4,000 people -mostly children- fell ill after chemical waste was illegally dumped into a river.

Authorities say the incidents are not linked.

More than 100 primary and secondary schools as well as 300 private kindergartens were among those ordered to be temporarily shut, reported state news agency Bernama.

Johor Chief Minister Dr Sahruddin Jamal said 75 students from 15 schools had complained of breathing difficulties and started vomiting. He added that they have all been taken to hospital.

Dr Sahruddin had earlier told reporters that it was not clear what had caused the latest bout of illness.
'Stern action'

However, he said that it was not linked to a previous pollution case in March which saw 111 schools shut and thousands of people ill after inhaling toxic fumes from the nearby Kim Kim river.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed on Tuesday that "stern action" would be taken against those behind the incident.

He added that the latest incident should not have "happened again... after the previous incident".

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48754222

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