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Clouds of toxic foam float on surface of Colombian river

Friday, April 29th 2022, 3:00 pm - Mosquera neighbours complained that the foam was not just soap and that its residues were corrosive, seriously affecting the community.

Toxic foam covered parts of a river in a small town near Colombia's capital, Bogota, on Wednesday (April 27).

According to the local government, the foam floating on the Balsillas river comes from detergent wastes dumped into the river.

However, Mosquera neighbours complained that the foam was not just soap and that its residues were corrosive, seriously affecting the community.

The local shopkeeper Luis Romero complained about losing clients every time the foam appeared because the unpleasant smell drives customers away.

"Health, that's the problem. This foam affects everything; for example, foam falls on the doors, and everything rots," Romero said.

Resident Claudia Esperanza Garzon told Reuters that her health has declined since the appearance of the foam.

"I have to use an inhaler because my lungs are already bad," said Garzon while sweeping foam from his house.

(Production: Javier Andres Rojas, Camilo Cohecha, Bernat Parera)

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