Local officials have ordered all chemical makers in an industrial park in Haian county in Jiangsu province to suspend operations after students of a local elementary school allegedly fell ill after being exposed to noxious fumes from the factories, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
About 20 second grade pupils of Haian Chengnan Experimental Primary School have suffered nose bleeding, skin irritation and other symptoms since Tuesday, their parents told school administrators.
They blamed the situation to the foul smell coming from the nearby Haian Chemical Industrial Park, adding that the stink was so strong and widely spread that they could not even open windows at home at night.
The school, which has about 1,500 pupils, said it was still trying to determine how many students were affected.
A spokesman for the local government said five chemical plants in the industrial park were told to suspend operations on Tuesday and Wednesday, news website The Paper said.
On Wednesday, the local government issued a statement saying all chemical plants in the industrial park have been told to halt production.
The parents urged the local environmental protection department to monitor the air quality at the school and release the results to the public everyday.
A local environmental official said plants in the park had undertaken measures to control their emissions in 2013 and 2014, adding that the strong smell affecting nearby residents could be due to the weather.
Meanwhile, around 500 secondary students of Changzhou Foreign Language School in Jiangsu had been diagnosed with various ailments blamed on the emissions of three nearby chemical plants that produced pesticides, according to a CCTV report on Sunday.
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