Daily Archives: September 14, 2016

Lethal Trash

Lake Nokoue, Cotonou, Benin image from http://observers.france24.com/en/20130308-observers-world-photos-trash-pollution-waste-slideshow

An explosion at a waste dump in Benin killed eight people, local mayor Robert Tolegbon said on on September 11, 2016. The blast occurred late onat a giant trash heap in Tori, a town about 40 km north-west of the capital Cotonou, as locals were sifting for food. Previously, the health ministry said two people had died.  Safety standards for waste management are poor in much of West Africa and debris is rarely filtered to eliminate toxic or flammable materials.

Eight killed in Benin waste blast, Reuters, Sept. 12, 2016