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Six deaths this week in Vieques
2 February 2002
The Committee for the Rescue and Development denounced the deaths this past week end of 6 persons, four of them cancer victims. Lung and stomach cancer were the principal causes. The victims were residents of the Monte Santo and Lujan sectors, areas that receive winds directly from US Navy's the bombing zone on the Northeast part of the island. Several scientific studies show how military toxics produced during sixty years of bombing, get to the population through the breezes and the food chain.
The Vieques community is alarmed by four deaths from cancer in one weekend. The previous week saw the death of another victim, this time cancer of the kidney.
Dr. Rivera Castaño, Viequense epidemiologist and member of the Committee said, "the Department of Health and Dr. Rullán are very slow with the cancer study of Vieques and it is high time that a cancer alert be declared Vieques for Vieques and all the services to deal with this alarming situation should be offered."
Dr. Rivera Castaña mentioned that ". more than a year ago the Legislature assigned funds for an epidemiological study on cancer to be ready in five months and we have not yet seen any results."
The Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques demands the Navy begin the cleanup of the environmental disaster that little by little is killing our people.
Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques Press Release