Tuvaruhu community in fear over chemicals found near school
BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
A consortium of chemicals found disposed behind the Tuvaruhu community high school is causing fear among residents in the area.
They were found on Sunday, July 1, and since then Tuvaruhu residents have refrained from their water sources for fear of contamination.
Residents tell Island Sun that they now have to travel far to fetch water, and will continue doing so until authorities give them the clear to return to their water sources.
There is also fear of possible adverse effects the chemicals may have on the residents’ gardens.
Police have cordoned off the area, and have warned members of public to keep away.
In a media statement, police say they were informed yesterday of several chemicals being found about 15 metres from the school.
Meanwhile, the National Medical Store under the Ministry of Health and Medical Service have been alerted of the issue when Island Sun called on Monday.
They said a team of specialists will inspect the chemicals and compile a report later.
They also advise people of Tuvaruhu community to stay away from the chemicals.
The discovery includes; Tin (II) chloride hydride, ethanol absolute, sulfuric acid, ammonium hydrogen difluoride, acetic acid, ammonium fluoride and ammonium persulfate, ammonium nitrate, potassium iodide, potassium hydroxide and potassium nitrate.
Police are appealing to members of public who may have information to help them with their investigations.