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Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English

5.2.16

Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English: Indigenous and Black communities in Colombia filed a lawsuit against the government Wednesday after 37 kids in the region died in less than a year from drinking water contaminated by mercury, a chemical used in a local mine.

The community, from Colombia’s coastal department of Choco, filed the suit with the Supreme Court.

Given the alarming number of deaths, the top court has since ordered a special inspection of the water quality of the local rivers and creeks.

This will include investigations into the Atrato and San Juan rivers, the closest water sources to the affected communities, which are mainly Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations, some of the most vulnerable and stigmatized people in the country.


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