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How Does Mining Affect the People?

Posted by admin on October 25, 2012 in Environment Protection with 2 Comments

Mining is destructive to the environment as trees and vegetation are cleared and burned for mining. Natural minerals and metals are stripped from the soil. In fact mining is one of the causes for deforestation. When environment is drastically affected, naturally the people will be affected.

The mining pits dug during land dredging mining remain as stagnant water pools serving as breeding ground for mosquitoes and other water-born insects.People living near such water pool areas have high possibility of getting water-born diseases such as malaria. The gravel, mud, and rocks displaced during river dredging mining disrupt the natural flow of the river. As a result, fish and other aquatic living organisms often die and fishermen find it very difficult to navigate in the obstructed rivers. Sand and gravel mining may sometimes pave way for contaminating the groundwater.

Chemicals used during mining process causes pollution to the environment, animals, and people.The chemicals such as cyanide, mercury, or methyl mercury used to amalgamate the metals and minerals extracted by mining are discharged into rivers, streams, bays, and oceans, thus contaminating the water bodies and the aquatic organisms such as fish living within the water bodies. People who consume such contaminated aquatic organisms are prone to serious health hazards. The contaminated water cannot be used for bathing, drinking, cooking, or washing clothes, thus creating water scarcity problem for people living nearby.

The toxic waste from mine tailings flow into either an abandoned mining pit or adjacent forest in the case of land dredging and pollute the river in the case of river dredging. The people who are exposed to the toxic waste from the tailings suffer health problems. They may suffer from skin rashes, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Some mining involves the unintentional dispersal of heavy metals, such as lead, into the atmosphere. This can have serious health effects such as mental retardation in children. Asbestos dispersed into the environment during asbestos mining is life threatening for local residents and workers.

People living near mining areas or mining villages are very much disturbed and affected by the impact of mining. Theft, drugs/alcohol, prostitution, rape, cultural degradation and sexual abuse are unfortunately some of the worst problems of people living in mining areas. The poor people who face the health problems of mining cannot afford for a medical treatment, or the people who live in a remote village where a doctor is not accessible remain untreated for their illness.

The mining operators and their families may also face problems. The miners also have life risks when they are working in the mine. The family of small scale miners may suffer from financial and protection problems as the miners leave their family in search of work.

The effect of each proposed mining process on the environmental should be analyzed before granting permission to proceed mining. For example, the mining and use of asbestos are banned in most parts of the world life as asbestos dispersed into the environment is life threatening for people for several years.

Thus deforestation, mineral/metal depletion and chemical pollution due to mining can have unfavorable impact on the environment, aquatic habitats, people, animals, and of course the mining operators . Mining operators must be aware of the impacts of their mining operations, adopt self safety measures and ensure minimum risk to the environment and people.

Brayan Peter

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  1. Mintyx2October 25, 2012 - 6:04 am #1

    IBS Sufferers and those who believe that it does not affect people?
    Does it annoy you when people who don’t have this illness think that it does not really affect your life?
    I am 16 years old and have just been diagnosed with IBS but have had it for 4 years before. Mine is brought on by stress and some food, this is my first year of college and I have only been in college for about 3 weeks, so far most of the time I have had problems. People who don’t have this are not aware with how stressfull and worrying it is (which makes it worse) and how it makes you feel. I feel tired and drained due to constanly being on the toilet and having to get up in the night to go to the loo. This affects my school work and social life as I am constantly worrying if I will have a problem that day.
    I want to make people aware of what it is really like and it is not a ‘fake’ condition, it is real and affects some people so badly they get depressed.
    Yah, my doctor is trying me on buscapan and she said I can try several different types of medication to find the one for me, I might try Colpermin. I get it really bad and affects my work!

  2. Jan409October 25, 2012 - 11:06 am #2

    Do you not take any medication for this
    either anti spasmodics and /or fibre sachets?

    I’ve had IBS several times in my life and was never like you describe
    Are you sure you haven’t got some other problem/disorder ??

    I was prescribed anti spasmodics and fybogel and had little problems after diagnosis
    due to the medication helping so much.
    References :

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