Durban beaches closed as medical waste washes up

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The eThekwini Municipality is currently carrying out a clean-up operation.

Beachgoers in Durban will have to make use of alternative waterfronts for up to two weeks following the spillage of medical waste at the uMngeni, Beachwood, Virginia and Glenashley beaches

eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said the medical waste washed up on shore prompting the temporary closure of the beachfronts while cleanup operations are ongoing, Berea Mail reported.

“The municiplaity’s health unit is investigating the source of the medical waste. Municipal officials are working around the clock to ensure that all the waste is removed from the beach,”

Mthethwa added the spillage could pose a health hazard to bathers using the facilities.

“In the interest of safety, all residents are advised to use alternative beaches until it is safe to use the affected beaches,” she said.

The cleanup operation is expected to last for up to two weeks and beachgoers have been advised to make use of alternative facilities.

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– Caxton News Service


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