Rwanda

Rwanda - Chemical Accident Sep 1995 UN DHA Information Reports 1-2


DHA-GENEVA 95/0436
RWANDA - CHEMICAL ACCIDENT
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
30 SEPTEMBER 1995

1. THE CIVIL PROTECTION UNIT OF THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS RELEASED INFORMATION ON RECENT CHEMICAL ACCIDENT IN RWANDA.

2. REPORTEDLY, A FIRE HAS BROKEN UP AT A WAREHOUSE IN KIGALI, WITH 230 TONS OF FUNGICIDE 'MANCOZEB'. THE FIRE HAS BEEN PUT OFF WITH WATER, THAT HAS LED TO RIVER POLLUTION. THERE IS A STRONG CONCERN THAT REMAINING SUBSTANCES MAY CAUSE FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

3. THE EUROPEAN UNION IS URGENTLY DISPATCHING AN EXPERT TO ASSESS THE SITUATION ON SITE AND ADVICE ON MEASURES TO BE TAKEN.

4. THE EU CIVIL PROTECTION UNIT IS STAYING IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE JOINT UNEP/DHA ENVIRONMENT UNIT, AS WELL AS WITH DHA REPRESENTATIVE IN RWANDA, TO AVOID DUPLICATION OF EFFORTS AND DEFINE POSSIBLE FURTHER STEPS.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917-1234
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ONLY: TELEPHONE +41-22-917-2010

DESK OFFICER: MR. VLADIMIR SAKHAROV, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-2917-1142
PRESS TO CONTACT: MRS. MOULIN-ACEVEDO, TEL: +4-22-917-28-56

TELEX: 414242 DHA CH
FAX: +41-22-917-0023
ELECTRONIC MAIL: INTERNET DHA GVA AT UN.ORG

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DHA-GENEVA 95/0445

RWANDA - CHEMICAL ACCIDENT
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.2
6 OCTOBER 1995

1. AN EXPERT, SENT BY THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO KIGALI, ASSESSED THE SITUATION ON SITE.

2. AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED WITH THE AUTHORITIES ON HOW THE DESTRUCTION OF THE REMAINING WASTE SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT. FURTHER LEAKAGE OF CONTAMINATED WATER TO THE RIVER WAS PREVENTED. ADVICE WAS GIVEN ON STORES AND STORAGE PROCEDURES TO PREVENT NEW INCIDENTS.

3. THE SITUATION IS MONITORED BY THE EU CIVIL PROTECTION UNIT.

4. THIS IS THE LAST INFORMATION REPORT ON THIS ACCIDENT, IF THERE ARE NO UNFORESEEN DEVELOPMENTS.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917-1234
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ONLY: TELEPHONE +41-22-917-2010

DESK OFFICER: MR. VLADIMIR SAKHAROV, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-2917-1142
PRESS TO CONTACT: MRS. MOULIN-ACEVEDO, TEL: +4-22-917-28-56

TELEX: 414242 DHA CH
FAX: +41-22-917-0023
ELECTRONIC MAIL: INTERNET DHA GVA AT UN.ORG

DPR 310 RWA