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200 People Poisoned ‘After Drinking Water’ in Egypt

200 People Poisoned ‘After Drinking Water’ in Egypt

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Hospitals in Al Sharqia Governorate, the third most populated governorate in Egypt, have raised their level of alertness as at least 140 people have been rushed to hospital after at least 140 cases of poisoning, reported Al-Ahram.

According to Al-Ahram, ambulances in Sharqia have been transporting dozens of people to hospitals, including children, after showing various symptoms of poisoning.

Mohamed Shehata, a man interviewed by Al-Ahram, said his 10-year-old daughter and wife were transported to hospital after severe cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Meanwhile, locals in the town of Al-Ibrahimya, where almost all the cases are from, have blamed the drinking water as the source of the poisoning. One local, reported Al-Ahram, said that the water had ‘smelled weird’.

In response to the outbreak of poisoning, a number of mosques in Sharqia have warned citizens from drinking un-bottled water.

The poisoning and claims it is related to the water comes after 500 tons of phosphate were spilled into the Nile in Upper Egypt after a boat capsized.

Despite this and the claims of poisoning, the Chairman of the Sanitation and Drinking Water Department in Sharqia has said that water analysis from the Al-Ibrahimya shows “normal” quality and that the samples tested negative for traces of phosphate.

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  • Adam Canis Lupaster Pallipes

    The water ‘Smelled weird’ and does in every creek in this country from the Garbage and shit that goes in to it! Seriously with all the rubbish, garbage and lack of simple hygiene why the Hell are there Ministries of the environment and Health and Offices for sanitation in Egypt? Surprised a Pandemic hasn’t swept through this country yet. Guess ‘The last Ship’ will turn true one day… shame on us as a country. So proud of our history and our rubbish.

  • Minymina

    Phosphate is not soluble in water. Any idiot will tell you that.
    Try researching your facts before writing your $h!ty click bait article that misleads other idiots

    • Alyeldin Mohamed

      even insoluble elements would leave traces.

      • Minymina

        Only at the site of the incident.
        The mass posing happened at Al Sharqia Governorate, far away from the actual source.
        If Nile waters were truly contaminated, there would be far more cases.

        • Alyeldin Mohamed

          Yes. I think so.

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