After a lorry reported dumped toxic waste into a river in Malaysia’s Johor state, hundreds of people (many of them children) have fallen sick. Hazardous fumes from the waste spread over a large area and caused the affected people to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting.
More than 500 people, many of them school pupils, have received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes, with more than 160 admitted to hospital.
Education Minister Maszlee Malik initially ordered the closure of schools in the area Wednesday, but later announced that figure had more than doubled.
Three men were arrested earlier this week over the toxic waste dumping. One is expected to be charged in court soon and could face up to five years in jail if found guilty of breaking environmental protection laws.