The cylinder washed onshore by the recent cyclones and waves could contain hazardous materials that could put the people living in the area at risk . The cylinder carries and ID engraved on its side which shows : KM TTB GROUP.
MP Qamar Taleex who spoke to the press yesterday called upon the government of Somaliland to send experts to the area as soon as possible because of the risk that the container poses to the public. The container is currently guarded by members of the local community, according to the local press.
Any spillage of the contents of this cylinder could cause a wide range of medical problems such as mouth bleeds, abdominal haemorrhages, unusual skin disorders and breathing difficulties, as well as general poisoning and death.
I have spoken M. Boss who has business in the area and informed me that he took these photos from the container/tank. He also said that he met the Minister of Interior , the Minister of Environment and also the Minister of Fisheries of Somaliland and briefed them about this dangerous material that has been washed ashore by the recent cyclone and high-waves. Mohamoud also said that although they promised to speak to WHO to investigate the matter , the Ministers have done nothing about the issue so far.
Many European, US and Asian shipping firms – notably Switzerland’s Achair Partners and Italy’s Progresso – signed dumping deals in the early 1990s with Somalia’s politicians and militia leaders.
This meant they could use the Somalia coast as a toxic dumping ground. This practice became widespread as Somalia descended into civil war.
But Somaliland is not part of Somalia and therefore, that deal does not cover Somaliland shores. Yet these firms misuse this long and unguarded coast of the eastern parts of Somaliland and often dump toxic waste at the barren areas and the shores of Sanaag region. This is in addition to the rampant illegal fishing that goes in the shores of the region.
Somaliland government should immediately send experts to dispose off this suspicious container regardless of its contents and the coast guard services should be immediately extended to the eastern coasts of Somaliland.
All photos have been submitted by Mohamoud Boss , Harshow, LasaSurad , Sanaag , Somaliland