Malaysia: schools closed after hundreds poisoned by toxic waste dumped in river

Toxic fumes blamed for making more than 500 people ill near the industrial town of Pasir Gudang

More than 100 schools in Malaysia have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children, authorities said.

A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state last week, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area and causing those affected to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting.

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