Concern over long-term health impact of chemical spill at Durban factory

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Thousands of fish died as a result of the chemical spill.
Thousands of fish died as a result of the chemical spill.

A Durban environmental group has raised concerns about the long-term health impact of the Cornubia chemical spill.

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) has called on government to intervene in communities that were exposed to the toxins from the UPL chemical factory fire.

The facility, which is based in Cornubia, northern Durban, went up in flames when it was torched during the unrest. The inferno, which burned for days, left surrounding communities choking in toxic fumes. Water that was used to extinguish the fire flooded a cocktail of toxins into streams and the ocean, killing thousands of fish and marine life. After extensive clean-up operations, UPL last week issued a statement that the beaches, that had been closed since July, were safe to reopen.

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