At least 105 people have been affected by industrial pollution in the “Chilean Chernobyl”

Quintero and Puchuncaví, two coastal towns with about 50,000 inhabitants, have been considered "environmental sacrifice zones" since 1958. At that time, the Chilean government decided to cut back on artisanal fishing and agriculture to transform the area into an industrial center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than 105 people have been poisoned since Monday by industrial pollution emanating from the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví. The area is known as the "Chilean Chernobyl" and has suffered an environmental crisis caused by the heavy industry for decades.

In a statement Wednesday, the Environmental Agency (SMA) confirmed "a new episode of community health impairment in the area, with a record 105 people treated at Quintero Hospital, Quintero Primary Health Care (PHC), and Puchuncaví PHC."

On Monday, more than 75 people, including at least 50 school children, were poisoned by a high concentration of . . .

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