Hundreds poisoned after river in Malaysia dumped with hazardous waste

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Authorities in Malaysia have ordered more than 100 schools to close down in the industrial town of Pasir Gudang, as hazardous fumes emanating from industrial waste dumped to a river filled the town, affecting hundreds, including several pupils.

People who have been affected are showing symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting. More than 500 have taken medical treatment and about 160 are admitted to the hospital, according to official news agency Bernama.

The hazardous waste is believed to have been dumped by a lorry last week. It is not clear what kind of gas is emanating from it.

Three people have been arrested so far on the charge. If proven guilty they will get up to five years of prison sentence.

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