Following poisonous water contamination in Flint, Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder has called out for help and President Obama has responded with a state of emergency for the state - the BBC writes.
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State officials discovered the city’s water became contaminated with lead after the city switched its water supplier in 2014. Public health experts say the lead must have leaked from old pipes into the main water supply for the state.
Gov. Snyder asked for $31 million assistance from the federal government, but this was obviously turned out and $5 million offered instead, since the $31 million request is only suitable for natural disasters of great proportion.
Synder says there are nearly 100,000 people living in Flint, and the state of Michigan does not have the financial muscle to tackle the water problem at the moment.
Last October, state officials disclosed the amount of lead contamination in the city’s water is high, and significant amounts were also found in children’s blood. Lead is linked to learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children.
Residents of the city had earlier noticed that the water supply was discolored and smelled foul; and that children developed skin rashes and headaches after using the water. This problem was only observed after the city changed to a new water supplier.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schette, noted that the foul water in Flint “is a human tragedy in which families are struggling even with the most basic parts of daily life.”
Most people think Gov. Synder should have imposed public health emergency since October 2015; but he is just doing that now, prompting residents of the state to call for his resignation. But since President Obama as stepped into the matter, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will also have to step into the matter.
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Musician Cher promised to donate 180,000 bottles of packaged water to remedy the situation in Flint.