State of emergency in Peru

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day state of emergency in a large remote area of the Amazon jungle as levels of mercury from illegal gold mining have reached record high levels.

According to country’s environment minister, as many as 50,000 people orĀ 41% of the population of the gold-rich Madre de Dios region, bordering Brazil, has been exposed to mercury contamination.

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State of emergency in Peru over mercury poisoning from illegal gold mining

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