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NGO Links Higher COVID19 Deaths in Vasco to Coal Pollution

Coal News - Published on Tue, 04 Aug 2020

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Times of India reported that NGO Goencho Avaaz has asked the state government to study the link between prolonged exposure to coal dust and pollution and the high number of Covid-19 fatalities in Vasco. The NGO has appealed to the state government to constitute a committee or appoint a reputed research agency to undertake an extensive study to scientifically study the coal pollution in Vasco and surrounding areas and its link with Covid related cases in Vasco. Co-convener of the NGO Swapnesh Sherlekar said “There is a need to study the rise in Covid cases in Vasco and nearby areas and officially establish the link with coal pollution being the root cause and reason behind turning the port town into the epicenter for Covid-19 crisis.”

Goencho Avaaz claimed that people in the state believe that prolonged exposure to the fine coal particles is the root cause for the increase in Covid related cases and deaths.

Mormugao taluka has accounted for most of the Covid-19 cases and deaths in Goa after the initial outbreak at Mangor Hill. The pandemic also claimed the life of a municipal councillor and a 14-year old girl, both from Vasco.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 04 Aug 2020
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