[For years, Western nations have been stealthly dumping radioactive wastes along Somalia's coast lines. Tsunami washed these wastes onto the land mass. Now the people of Somalia are afflicted by a variety of serious illnesses].
Somalia: fears over tsunami toxic waste
8.59AM, Fri Mar 4 2005
Somalia is suffering the effects of illegally dumped nuclear waste, washed ashore by the Asian tsunami, a UN report has said.
Residents of coastal areas in the East African country are suffering a range of serious health problems caused by the toxic chemicals.
Ailments include skin disorders, breathing difficulties and gastro intestinal haemorrhaging.
The December 26 tsunami is said to have dislodged and broken up toxic containers which had been dumped on the seabed.
Over the past decade, Italian and Swiss companies are alleged to have made thousands of illegal shipments of nuclear waste along its coastline.
The UN said the situation also poses a serious environmental hazard for neighbouring countries.
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