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Health officials warn Nakhon Si Thammarat residents of dangers from chemical contamination left in water by floods

Public health experts today warned residents in six communities in flood-stricken Nakhon Si Thammarat of the dangers of the infection from contaminated water left behind by floods.

chemical_contamination_flood_waters_thailandThey warned residents to avoid using water for bathing or consumption, according to Associate Professor Varit Jorjit, dean of the Walailak University’s  Faculty of Public Health.

He said warning notifications have been issued to these communities of the health impacts from toxic substances left in these places by floodwater.

The six residential communities are located near the garbage dump site at Thung Lard.

They are Vajiravudh camp, Tambon Nakien, Tambon Nasai, Tambon Pakpoon, Tambon Thapae, and Nakhon Si Thammarat municipal area.

The warning of dangers of infection followed the detection of chemical contamination from these areas adjacent to the huge garbage dumping ground, he said.

He said floods have washed chemical contaminants from the dump site to these areas.

High quantities of chromium and lead contamination in water were detected.

Thai PBS

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