Tatanagar Edition, 26 December 2006,
(web site: www.hindustandainik.com)
UCIL's Uranium sludge mixes with Creek water, after a pipe carrying it bursts
[translation in English by Sanjeev Mahajan].
Uranium waste has started to flow in a nearby creek, after a pipe
belonging to UCIL’s [Uranium Corporation of India Limited]
tailing pond in Tilaitand burst. As a result, fish, frogs and other
riparian life in the creek are starting to die and are washing up to
the surface. Tribals from Dungaridinh allege that they informed the the
Central Industrial Security Force about this disaster Sunday morning,
but that even after 9 hours, no officer from CISF bothered to
even show up at the disaster site. It was only around 4 pm that the
flow of Uranium sludge into the tailing pond from the Mill House was
arrested, and the villagers could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Scared and angry villagers have stopped all work in the area and no
dumpers or trucks are now allowed in or out of the area. Although
workers from UCIL have started to repair the pipe since Monday morning,
the villagers say this is not enough. They say that UCIL is also
obliged to clean up the toxic sludge which has formed a thick layer on
the surface of the creek. Unless this is done, they will continue to
agitate and will not allow further work. Ghanshyam Biruli, the
president of Jharkhand Organization against Radiation (JOAR), has also
arrived at the disaster site. He says that people bathe and wash
clothes in the creek water. Since the pipe burst on Sunday, the
villagers have been quite distraught and fearful.
According to Biruli, the creek water has stopped flowing because a
thick layer of Uranium sludge has formed on the surface of the creek
starting from Dungaridinh and ending at the colony temple. It is quite
likely that the Gurra and Svarnalekha rivers will also be adversely
affected by this environmental disaster. This Uranium sludge is dumped
from the Jadugoda unit of the UCIL though a pipe into the tailing pond.
After the pipe burst, and the Uranium sludge started to flow into the
creek, fish, frogs, snakes and other riparian life forms have begun to
die and are washing up to the surface. P Soren, Shripati Patro, Sukhlal
Bahumik, Dubri Devgan, Sanjay Murmu, Bolay Majhi, Duli Kutiya, Prem
Majhi and Sunil Murmu, all residents of Dungaridinh say that even if
UCIL does clean up the mess it created, the water in the creek will
still not be usable for at least 3 to 4 days. It is only after that the
villagers will be able to bathe and wash clothes in the creek.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Shri Prakash <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Dec 26, 2006 9:10 PM
Subject: tailing pipe burst - paper cutting
Johar from Jharkhand India and marry Xmas
please find a paper cutting in Hindi of a radiation disaster.....
the pipe which brought uranium mill tailing to tailing dam no-3
burst out yesterday and tailing spread to a water source which ultimately
meet in subsidiary of river Subranarekha.
JOAR along with villagers
blocked the road and transportation of Uranium company then company
started cleaning up the tailing from the water source......
the entire day UCIL was busy with cleaning ... they did not allow
locals to take photo... one friend went today morning to document
visual it so either tonight or tomorrow i will have clear picture....
also i am waiting the result of the meeting of JOAR and villagers fro
further action, as Shalini ji talked on telephone what should be the
i asked the organisation to consult with the effected people and local
as it is very important that all action match with the mood of local
so that movement or debate will have grassroots support... as we want
to send a letter of demand on this accident.......
what will be the demand we want to to know from the villagers and as
well from you, and plan of action.....
i hope i will send you more information today afternoon or tomorrow....
please spear some time for us and suggest us what we can do in this matter.....
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