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September 22 2012

Sri Lanka kidney disease blamed on farm chemicals


Thousands of people in the Asian island nation of Sri Lanka have been struck by a mysterious and deadly form of kidney disease. A new study points to a likely cause - pesticides and fertilisers.

Tucked away in Sri Lanka's North Central Province is the village of Halmillawetiya. A pebbled path connects small houses of brick and mud set among coconut palms and other tropical trees.

Sampath Kumarasinghe, aged 21, lives here with his widowed mother and extended family.

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