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Toxic school



Bara- A warehouse near the Nepal National Secondary School in Amlekhganj is packed with toxic chemicals causing serious health problems for the students. The smell of the chemicals that are leaking from their containers is overpowering, and the students are having dizzy spells and even vomiting. Besides the students, residents of nearby houses are also affected. The warehouse stores pesticides and agrochemicals that were imported 32 years ago, found to be hazardous and put into storage before being destroyed. There are 140 tons of toxic chemicals like organophosphates and mercury-based chemicals, DDT and other carcinogenic chemicals here. Both the school and the residents have requested the government on numerous occasions to remove this toxic store and relocate it. Students even blocked the Tribhuvan Highway twice to press their demand. VDC chairman Bharat Ghale says locals have given up hope that the government will do anything.



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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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