Nuclear Radiation in Jadugoda

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Muthamizh Vendhan

Jun 2, 2013, 2:08:21 PM6/2/13
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Nuclear Radiation in Jadugoda

Laxmi das has had three miscarriages and lost five children within a week of their births. When her ninth child, Gudia, survived, she considered herself fortunate until she discovered that her baby has cerebral palsy and would be bed ridden for life. Gudia passed away recently, leaving the scars of her memory.

In Jadugoda, a uranium-rich district in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, there are many women who share Laxmi's poignant fate.

Radiation and health experts across the world charge that toxic materials and radioactivity released by the mining and processing operations are causing widespread infertility, congenital deformities, spontaneous abortions, genetic mutation, death of newborns, cancer, lung diseases etc. .

With more than hundred thousand tons of nuclear waste stored in the tailing ponds of Jadugoda which is constantly producing large amount of toxic gases and nuclear radiation contaminating the water, vegetation, soil and subsequently entering the food chain. The dumped nuclear waste can remain radioactive and dangerous for millions of years.

UCIL, the company responsible for mining, refuses to acknowledge the problems of the local communities and is opening new mines around Jadugoda and in other parts of the country. The company should respond to the demands of the people, comply with international safety standards in handling radioactive materials and provide proper medical care to the radiation-affected victims.
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