India – Thane-Mulund dumping ground breeds diseases
The Dumping ground between Thane and Mulund has been giving out bad odour, as the open space receives 300 metric tonnes of waste everyday. Although the issue has been raised on several occasions by both residents and political parties, nothing has been done so far. This has become a problem, as the dumping ground is an excellent breeding ground. According to medical experts, the continuous dumping could result in around 40 diseases.
The major diseases amongst these 40 include leptospirosis, food poisoning, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea. Other diseases include histoplasmosis (breathing problem), worms and loose motions. Physicians also point out that the air released from the dumping ground is toxic.
“At the time of decomposition of the waste, many gases like methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and ammonia are released into the air. The microorganisms manage to decompose the bacteria and release the oxygen into the air through anaerobic respiration. The gases released are harmful to human life and are also responsible for the stench in the area,” says Shyam Moghe, assistant manager of the Pest Control of India.
Physician Nisha Ahmed, points out that the waste attracts small animals, who contact diseases like leptospirosis and food poisoning, as these animals are sometimes consumed by humans. “Flies and mosquitoes that are present at dumping grounds are the carriers of several air and water borne diseases like cholera, dysentery and diarrhea,” she explains.
With the monsoons approaching in the next three months, the civic authorities need to get their act together before the list of diseases increases.