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General News Sat, 3 Nov 2001

Residents say danger not over

The chiefs and people of Abekoase in the Western Region, one of the two towns, which are reeling under the possible effects of the recent cyanide spillage into their only source of drinking water, have cautioned against any attempt at underestimating the danger by the spillage.

They maintained that the fact that there has not been any fatality so far as a result of the spillage does not mean the long-term effects of the lives of the people in the area should be glossed over. This sum up the concerns of the people interviewed during a random survey conducted by a Graphic investigative team currently touring the affected areas.

They have, therefore, called for impartial analysis of the situation to ensure that all necessary remedial measures are put in place to ensure that the people are not exposed to any health and environmental hazards.

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According to them, the quest for economic viability through mineral prospecting should not be pursued at the lives of the people. Consequently, they have appealed to President J.A. Kufuor to personally intervene to ensure that “the right thing is done at he right time”.

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