Barbados: Sewage overflow sparks travel warning

Tourists are urged to avoid parts of the Barbados coast due to an overflow of raw sewage, which is being linked to a recent outbreak of gastroenteritis, TravelMole reports.

Local news outlet Barbados Today reported that five British tourists had fallen ill after eating at a restaurant in the affected area.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its advice for the island on Thursday, January 11, saying: "Certain areas of the south coast are experiencing breakdowns of sewage pipes. Leakages are occurring; you should avoid coming into direct contact with raw sewage and normal hygiene precautions should be followed."

This followed a warning by the Canadian government, which advised its citizens to avoid the area between Hastings and St Lawrence. The US has issued a similar warning. "There is an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island's south coast that is affecting the water quality at certain beaches between the Hastings and St Lawrence Gap areas.”

The island's south coast has been plagued by sewage problems for more than a year, according to local reports, but the leaks, which began sporadically, have reached crisis levels, according to the Barbados Water Authority.

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