'6 thousand people to face early death each year due to Rampal'
Poriborton Correspondent 7:02 pm, May 05, 2017
Sultana Kamal, convener of National Committee to Save Sundarbans, opined that the coal based power plant in Rampal will become one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Bangladesh. Expressing fear, she said, "Inhabitants of Dhaka and Kolkata, especially elderly people and children, will be severely affected by the air pollution caused by Rampal Power Plant.
Research also indicates that due to the effect of this power plant, each year six thousand people will face premature death, 24 thousand children will be underweight at birth."
She said this at a press conference organized on occasion of publication of a research titled 'Quality, Toxicity of Air from Rampal Power Plant and its Effect on Human Body' in Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday.
Sultana Kamal also said, "Emission from the power plant will worsen the level of toxic sand in the air over Khulna, Ashoknagar, Kalyangar, Satkhira, Begumganj, Bashirhat, Naarsingdi, Noakhali, Basipur, and Comilla and the ecosystem of Sundarbans."
"During the running hours, the emission from the power plant will heavily increase the risk of stroke, lungs cancer, respiratory diseases of children and elderly people," added Sultana Kamal.
At the press briefing Sultana Kamal complained that, "The information provided by the Ministry of Power is not true. They don't want to provide correct information. Rather are spreading lies."
The press conference was organized by Sundarbans Rakkha Committee and Bangladesh Paribesh Bachao Andolan (Bapa). President of Bapa Abdul Matin and Child Specialist Dr Nazmun Nahar were also present at that time.
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