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Sep 6, 2019

New River’s Health Deteriorating

The heavy stench emanating from the New River has spread to a large portion of Orange Walk Town, affecting thousands of its residents. The Department of Environment has embarked in a cleanup exercise, removing the dead fish and other dead organism from the bank of the New River as one of the first steps in addressing the problem. According to Faber, it will take some time before things go back to normal.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

Patrick Faber

“You’ve heard the DOE say that they have now embarked in the cleaning exercise where they will try their best to get rid of the dead fishes and other organize material from out of the river. That is key to getting back to normalcy. It may take us while but we will try our best to ensure that the children still receive good quality instructions in the interim until they can get back to their classrooms. We will have to take it as it comes. We are mindful that the environment there at this time is not safe and we want to ensure that we have a backup plan if you will. How long that will take? We don’t know. It is not a very easy relocation for them. This is a school that has over a thousand children and so finding adequate spaces for suitable classes to be held is a tough job. So we are working with the school management and over the weekend we will continue to work on trying to make sure that that plan is solid as possible. While it is not ideal, we will try our best to have a good environment for the children while they are out of the regular campus.”

 


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