A child and another person who were in the van were killed in the accident, the police media unit said. Two people were killed following a train accident in Padukka today, the police media unit said.The police said that the train collided with a van at an unprotected level crossing this morning.
We are asking the UK Government to ensure best practice is in place along the full plastic supply chain, and any further nurdle pollution is stoppedMadeleine Berg, Fidra The largest number recorded in the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt weekend in early February were found at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, where 33 volunteers from the Widemouth Task Force collected around 127,500 pellets on a 100-metre stretch of beach.Hundreds or even thousands of the tiny pellets were also spotted by volunteers over a short period of time in locations from Porth Neigwl, Wales, to the shoreline in front of the dunes at Seaton, Hartlepool, and after stormy conditions on the Isle of Wight.They are one of the main sources of “primary microplastics” – small pieces of plastic which have not come from larger items broken down into little bits – in European seas and can cause damage to wildlife, such as birds and fish which eat them.Experts warn they can also soak up chemical pollutants from their surroundings and then release the toxins into the creatures that eat them.Overall, more than 600 volunteers took part in the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt organised by Scottish environmental charity Fidra and other organisations.Results from the hunt will be fed into the Government’s consultation on microplastics, looking at ways of tackling the problem. Small plastic pellets that can kill wildlife are being found on nearly three quarters of Britain’s beaches, a new survey has found.Searches of 270 shorelines from Shetland to the Scilly Isles revealed most are being blighted by lentil-sized “nurdles”, which are used as a raw material for building plastic products.Billions of the lightweight objects escape into the environment each year, either spilt into rivers and oceans or getting into drains during their manufacture or transport. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Hundreds of nurdles are used to make a plastic bottleCredit:Telegraph Madeleine Berg, projects officer at Fidra, said: “The information we’ve gathered will be vital to show the UK Government that pellets are found on beaches all around the UK and, importantly, that so many people care about the issue.”Simple precautionary measures can help spillages and ensure nurdles don’t end up in our environment.”We are asking the UK Government to ensure best practice is in place along the full plastic supply chain, and any further nurdle pollution is stopped.”UK factories use 7.3 million tons of plastic each year, most of it made up of tiny pellets between 3mm and 5mm wide and weighing about 20mg each.About 600 nurdles are used to make a small plastic water bottle.Although only a tiny fraction – less than 0.01 per cent – are thought to escape, so many nurdles pass through the UK’s factories that as many as 53 billion are spilled into the wider environment each year, according to the report by the research group Eunomia.That is the equivalent of 35 tanker-loads of pellets weighing more than 1,000 tons.In 2015 study found that nurdles posed a risk to a key puffin colony on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth.It found the tiny pellets in the stomachs of many of the birds, adding to the array of plastic fragments that have become so prevalent in the oceans that nine out of ten sea birds already have some lodged in their stomachs.Campaigners arguing for tougher action on irresponsible manufacturers have pointed to the dramatic reduction of plastic bags on British beaches in the wake of the introduction of the 5p charge.Reports last year suggested the number of bags being washed up onto the shoreline had halved in the 12 months since the minimum charge was brought in.