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Philippines to close Boracay island to tourists for six months


A bustling tourist trade on Boracay island serves some two million guests a year.

A bustling tourist trade on Boracay island serves some two million guests a year.

Manila (AFP) - The Philippines is closing its best-known holiday island Boracay to tourists for up to six months over concerns that the once idyllic white-sand resort has become a "cesspool" tainted by dumped sewage, authorities said on Thursday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the shutdown to start on April 26 for a maximum period of half a year, his spokesman Harry Roque said.

   

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