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'Poo-nami' of raw sewage hits English beaches






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Beaches in England closed because water companies pumped raw sewage into the sea. The UK told people to avoid dozens of popular swimming and surfing beaches. People could get diseases if they went into the water. Water companies said people should keep their mouth closed in the sea. A woman said she saw things she didn't want to see floating in the sea. She said: "It's filthy…and it stinks." She called the mess a "poonami".

People are angry with the water companies. England sold its water to private companies. The bosses get million-dollar bonuses while raw sewage is polluting the environment. In 2016, the European Union said England's beaches were among the cleanest in Europe; now they are the dirtiest. A woman said clean water was a human right, and not for companies to make profits from. She said CEOs cared more about their bonuses than the environment.

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