Medical Waste Washes Up in a Pakistan Beach

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  • Clifton Beach turned into a wasteland, after tons of hazardous medical waste washed up on its shores due to the heavy weather. 
  • Waste such as open-needle syringes and blood vials littered almost seven kilometers of the waterfront
  • Shaneira Akram posted the alarming sight on her Twitter, calling for action.

Karachi, Pakistan – Heavy rain has turned Sea View Beach, Clifton, into a wasteland of medical garbage, with several kilometers of garbage piled up on the waterfront over the past two days. 

Tons of hazardous medical waste, open-needle syringes, and blood vials have washed up on the shore in between plastic bags, posing a severe health hazard for the citizens visiting the beach in the rainy weather. 

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Via Gulf News

Shaneira Akram, the wife of former Pakistan cricket team captain Wasim Akram, took to Twitter to share the state of the beach in an effort to push authorities into action.  

“There is kilometers of medical waste including hundreds of open needle syringes, among other things, that has come in from the ocean. Clifton beach, at this moment, is extremely dangerous,” she said. 

There was a flurry of tweets that were posted on Tuesday. Akram emphasized that the media and everyone else should share and spread the images of the garbage piled up on the beach, as everyone has a duty of care to protect the lives of the people in Karachi. 

“Clifton beach, as it stands, is totally unsafe, officially hazardous and is in state of an emergency,” she warned, urging authorities to act to clean up the place. 

“Medical waste, syringes, viles of blood that has come in from the ocean has spread across Clifton beach for kilometres,” she said, adding that she felt scared. 

In an interview with BBC, she had mentioned that it shocked her to see the state of the beach, and the first thing that she wanted to do was to protect the people who were also heading there.

“I have walked on the beach every day for the last four years and I have never been scared until today,” she continued to tweet as she posts more pictures of the beach. “Clifton Beach, at this moment, is extremely dangerous and needs to be shut down.”

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Via Gulf News

Karachi’s 15 million residents generate about 12,000 tons of waste each day – most of which is not disposed properly. Thus, it usually ends up in roads, drains and casts. The coastlines and marine life face serious threats from industrial and domestic pollution. 

Afia Salam, a Karachi-based environmental journalist spoke to Gulf News and commended Akram’s speedy call to action. 

“As a passionate Pakistani and regular visitor to Clifton Beach, Shaniera Akram rightly called it an emergency. Her social media post helped create an immediate awareness, prohibiting people from the beach after which police also sealed off the area.”

Sources: BBC, Gulfnews, Geo, Nation

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