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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Malaysia : Mysterious deaths in Bakun Dam area

Article via Free Malaysia Today, these fatalities are in the state of Sarawak, excerpt :

" KUCHING: Ten people who were hired by the Sarawak Forest Corporation (SFC) to “save” animals from being drowned, following the impoundment of the Bakun Dam, are now dead.

The dam was impounded in October last year. The 10 dead were allegedly killed by a mysterious disease.

Although the Health Depatment has been notified, it has done nothing, Bakun Community Safety Committee chairman Dr Ellie Luhat said today.

Luhat said the latest such death was 28-year-old Larry Kiding, a SFC worker who worked on the project.

Kiding’s father, Jugah Anak Kudi, told FMT that his son fell gravely sick after returning from Bakun Dam.

“We sent him to the hospital, but the hospital did not know what caused his sickness. We sent him to a private clinic. Again, we were told that the doctor could not determine what made him sick.

“Two days later he passed away,” said Jugah.

Angry and dissatisfied, Jugah asked for a post-mortem to be conducted on his son.

According to him, the doctors again could not determine the cause of his death.

The death of Jugah’s son came to light after Luhat called for an investigation into the death of the 10 SFC workers.

He believes they could have been exposed to infectious and deadly diseases such as melioidosis and leptospirosis (known locally as ‘penyakit kencing tikus’).

“So far 10 persons have died from the mysterious diseases and a number of others have been infected,” said Luhat.

Also in critical condition is the village penghulu (chief) who is in Bintulu Hospital."

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