Montara Spill May Be Sickening Fishermen: NGO
Originally published on JakartaToday.com
Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. The head of the West Timor Care Foundation (YPTB), Ferdi Tanoni, has urged the Indonesian and Australian governments to immediately conduct an independent and scientific investigation into the impact of the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea.
“A scientific investigation is urgently needed because fisherman in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have begun to suffer from strange diseases never seen before in their community,” Tanoni, who is also a Timor Sea observer, said here Wednesday. Tanoni made his call following local media reports that four fisherman in Oesapa Kupang developed an unfamiliar skin disorder after swimming in the waters near Pasir Island in the Timor Sea. They had been diving to the seabed to catch fish and sea cucumbers.
A few days after they had returned home, the skin on their necks and hands suddenly became covered in inflamed swellings, Tanoni said.
A physician working at a YPTB clinic, Hermanus Man, who had examined the fishermen’s condition, said it was the first time he had seen such a skin disorder….
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