Toxic waste illegally dumped into a river in southern Johor state sickened scores of students and teachers, prompting Malaysia’s government to order 111 schools to close yesterday.
Education Minister Maszlee Malek earlier yesterday told 34 schools to shut down and later said that number was up to 111 schools. He didn’t give details. More than 500 people were treated for breathing difficulties, dizziness, nausea and vomiting after inhaling toxic fumes from the waste. Officials said 166 people were hospitalized, and several were under intensive care.