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People living near mining activities at increased risk of diseases, says study

Mayank Aggarwal, Sahana Ghosh
According to a government study, mining activities in Chhattisgarh's coal-rich Tamnar area have put the local population, primarily tribal people, at an increased risk of acute respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. According to the study, the disease burden rate for tuberculosis in Tamnar is nearly double the national rate and nearly triple the state rate, highlighting the negative impact of mining. Experts believe a similar story is playing out in all resource-rich areas of India, where local people are suffering due to a lack of proper checks and balances on mining activities.