This is an update on the lead poisoning in Zamfara which I read earlier today.
The environmental health disaster that was apparently contained is about resurfacing again. A report was released by the UN Environmental Protection earlier today which it referred the crisis as: “a neglected, underfunded emergency”. The UNEP and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released the report which says officials of the UNEP conducted field research in September and October 2010 and found that the 5 villages that were decontaminated before rains arrived some well water contained 10 times the recommended limit of lead, the soil had as much as 150 times the limit of lead and air samples contained as much as 500 times the acceptable limit. They also pointed other concerns that include livestock ingesting contaminated water and vegetables which are subsequently consumed by the locals.
There is a need for government at both Federal, State and Local levels to join heads with the UNEP, WHO, CDC and other International agencies to avert this looming disaster once more.
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