World News #24 – Toxic Soup
“The doctor who discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were at risk of irreparable brain damage from lead poisoning in the city’s water supply has warned that the problem of “toxic soup” coming out of their household taps may have affected many more than originally thought.
All children under the age of six – between 8,000 and 9,000 of them – have been put in jeopardy by Flint’s contaminated water.
As many as 15% of those tested in certain city hotspots have shown dangerous levels of lead in their blood, according to Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the local hospital who raised the alarm in the summer about metal in the water.
“This is an emergency. People think of disasters as being hurricanes, or tornadoes, or ice storms, but this is a disaster right here in Flint that is alarming and absolutely gut-wrenching,” Hanna-Attisha said on Wednesday.
The newly elected mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, declared a state of emergency on Monday night,calling for federal assistance to deal with what she labeled a “manmade disaster”.
Flint switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the polluted local river in April 2014, immediately triggering widespread complaints of illness and protests.”
– The Guardian, Flint’s ‘toxic soup’ polluted water worse for children than thought, doctor says.
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