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Sewer pipe poses health risk in Blantyre

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A broken sewer pipe in Makata Industrial Area, Blantyre, has become a health hazard to people in the area as deadly gases are potentially being released into the atmosphere.

The sewer pipe, which has been broken for three months, has been spilling sewage waste and polluted the air with a foul smell.

According to environmentalists, broken sewer pipes release gases, such as methane, into the atmosphere and high concentrations can lead to gas poisoning and cause asphyxiation, sore throats and respiratory problems

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Henry Sakasa, who works close to the broken pipe, expressed concern that the pipe broke three months ago, yet nothing is being done.

“This is too much. The smell is just too much. It’s over three months since the pipe broke down but the [Blantyre] City Council is doing nothing. Some city officials came here last week, saying they were inspecting sanitation in the area. I asked them what hygiene they were talking about when a broken pipe is not being attended to?” he said.

BCC spokesperson, Anthony Kasunda, said the council was not aware of the broken pipe.

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“We are not aware of that pipe but we will rectify it as soon as possible. Council officials are too few to inspect the whole city regularly. So people should be reporting to us whenever they see such broken pipes,” he said.

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