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16 Dec 2014

Tengrinews (Kazakhstan)

29 school students and teachers faint one after another in Western Kazakhstan

25 school children and 4 teachers have unexpectedly fainted in a Western Kazakhstan village school one after another on November 28, Tengrinews reports citing Moi Gorod. 29 people from Berezovka village school were taken to the village hospital. According to the doctors, the children are agred from 10 to 15...The parents said that children had started fainting two days before...and that residents of the village that is situated close to Karachaganak oil field started noticing a strong unpleasant smell in the past several days. “We wrote a letter to the Head of the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating asking them to stop polluting the air,” the mother of a 5th grader...said...Parents of other school children said that villages, too, had been experiencing unexpected health failures. “We are getting a sudden dizziness or nose bleeding. Weird things are happening here,” one of the villagers said. The parents immediately waived off the "overwork version" and unanimously pointed at Karachaganak oilfield as the source of the problem.