Surviving toxic environment
People living near Jadugoda uranium mines die younger as compromised safety standards pose serious health hazards.
A study on the health status of people living near the Jadugoda uranium mining operation area confirms that health problems related to uranium mining, such as congenital deformities, sterility and cancer, were affecting the indigenous people disproportionately in the studied villages as compared to the reference villages. The study also suggests that increasing numbers of people living near the uranium mining operational area are dying at a younger age (before completing 62 years) as compared to the reference villages. The health of indigenous people around uranium mining areas is more vulnerable to danger, in spite of the fact that their economic and educational status is better placed.