Indian clinical waste reaches Puttalam

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The mounting clinical waste in coastal areas off Puttalam has washed ashore from India, the Maritime Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) confirmed yesterday.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, MEPA CEO Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara said clinical waste could be found in Kanda Duwa, Cinna Padu, Periya Padu and Palliwatta Padu in Puttalam.

“Residents in these areas complained to the MEPA that 50 to 60 kilograms of clinical waste were found washed ashore. Expired medicines, bottles, polythene packages, syringes and surgical hand gloves were among them,” he said.

Mr. Kumara alleged that expired clinical waste would have been released to the rivers and streams in Tamil Nadu and that it would have reached Sri Lankan soil due to sea currents.

“We cannot prevent clinical waste from coming to local beaches because it is a natural process,” he said.

However, the MEPA warned the public not to collect clinical waste without any safety precaution, and not to swim in the seas off the coast where clinical waste gathered.

“Just like clinical waste released by India arrived in Sri Lanka, effluents released by us may reach the Maldives. Clinical waste is often identified by labels,” he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 18

  • ANTON Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:10 AM

    CAN'T WE SEND THAT PAKISTAN NAVAL SHIP TO PUTTLAM COASTAL AREAS.

    Common Sense Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:31 AM

    If we send the clinical waste from India to Maldives, they can send it back to India.

    Mahesh Tuesday, 14 August 2018 07:54 AM

    Pre Cursor to ETCA and SFTA !Actuals later in Shiploads.

    Lokka Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:20 AM

    All rubbish comes to us from TAMIL NADU!

    Premalal Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:29 PM

    Our rubbish goes to other countries.

    Scooby Doo Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:34 AM

    See if we are receiving part of it, imagine how polluted South India is.

    Godaya Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:44 AM

    Endia created terrorism, Airdropped Arms and Supplies in violation of our Airspace to protect Praba, Plunders of our rich Fishing resources, Dumps huge quantities of Drugs and now spreads diseases through Medical waste

    Lankan Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:50 AM

    This is due to the heavy rain and flooding in Kerala, some of the letters found on the bottles and packaging were in Malayalam, the Tamil medias reported yesterday!

    patriot Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:02 AM

    Free trade agreement at work

    Krishnamoorty Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:55 AM

    If our yahapalanaya ignores this, they will dump nuclear waste also in our marine territory.

    BE FAIR Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:59 AM

    INDIA: Where are you, is this another load of "Dhal" for us

    GT Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:54 PM

    First ask,where is our Indian loving Prime Minister.

    john farzer Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:26 PM

    1/3 indian go toilet on the road side so i doubt these issues goes to ther thick headthis is health hazard and polluting the sea

    Janaka Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:35 PM

    Now there could be some effect on human and sea creatures on this as medical waste is dangerous. Why don't they follow the international standard for disposing waste?????, just imagine how much of biological waste consumed by sea creatures and we eat them....

    Mohideen Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:47 PM

    This renders eating fish dangerous and a health hazard.

    Chanaka Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:01 PM

    This is part of ETCA agreement???

    Piyumi Fernando Tuesday, 14 August 2018 03:22 PM

    Is it so difficult to identify where they really come from? Just by looking at the printed letters anyone can say where it belongs to. Why taking time to inform the general public?

    SUGATE Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:03 PM

    Now Dumping Nuclear Waste in Srilànka MS does not know what RW government doing


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