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(Mesothelioma Cancer News) – Some have expressed concerns about possible asbestos exposure during future reconstructive efforts in Haiti. As reported by MAACenter.org, the cleanup of environmental hazards such as asbestos is expected to be part of recovery efforts.
Muralee Thummarukudy with the Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch of the United Nations Environment Program is quoted in the report as stating, “Waste management resulting from the earthquake and the devastation of buildings is the biggest environmental concern right now because dealing with this is a precondition for getting everything else done… We have to clear debris from where houses, buildings and warehouses once stood so reconstruction activities can begin.”
Thummarukudy is further quoted as stating of rebuilding efforts, “Thousands of buildings suddenly become debris and this overwhelms the capacity of waste management. The amount of debris will be huge, because whole cities are in ruins. But the need for building material will be equally huge.”