Johor closes 2 schools again after students suffer breathing difficulties

The students complained again of breathing difficulties due to what is believed to be inhalation of toxic chemical fumes. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Two schools in Pasir Gudang were ordered to be closed for the second time in five days after several students complained again of breathing difficulties due to what is believed to be inhalation of toxic chemical fumes.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Pasir Putih and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pasir Putih had reopened today after they were ordered to be closed last Thursday when students fainted, vomitted and suffered breathing difficulties following the inhalation of methane fumes from chemicals dumped into Sungai Kim Kim near the schools.

Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said the schools would remain closed until a decision is made by the Johor Disaster Action Committee.

“As of 12.30pm today, eight students were sent to the Sultan Ismail Hospital. Ten others were given treatment at the schools and a nearby hall,” he told reporters at the Taman Pasir Puteh Hall that has been turned into a temporary operations centre.

Sahruddin also examined and administered first aid to the students who had experienced breathing difficulties.