February 23, 2005
by Kevin Caruso
Drinking water sources have been contaminated in many of the countries that were hit by the tsunami, according to a United Nations’ study.
Salt water and sewage have contaminated water in several areas; and hazardous materials -- such as chemical waste from destroyed buildings -- although not found as frequently, are also causing some dangerous water contamination.
The study found salt water contamination is particularly widespread and problematic and that many shallow wells and groundwater supplies, especially in small islands, are now badly contaminated with salt water.
And EVERY well in Sri Lanka may have been affected by salt water.
Agricultural land has also been damaged by salt water, which will result in a short-term affect on crops.