The impact of Nahatak tailing dump on human health is being studied in three villages located in Akhtala Community, Lori Region.
The residents in Mets Ayrum, Poqr Ayrum and Tchotchkan villages gave samples of urine, nails and room dust to find out whether the heavy metals and toxic elements emitted from the tailing dump penetrate into the human body through the food chain. About 75 samples have already been sent for examination to an accredited laboratory of the Czech Republic Institute of Health. The results of the examination will be available at the end of 2020.
The residents who took part in the examination told EcoLur that they had many health problems as a result of living near the tailing dump. "There are problems with breathing ... The air here is different ... I have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and headaches ․․․․․ I had a health problem ... I get tired soon ․․" they mentioned about their problems.
The presence of the tailing dump affects the income of local residents. "My trees have dried up, they have not given fruit for several years. I had 15 bee hives, all of them were spoiled by the tailing dump. There are no bees for already 5-6 years, we can’t extract any honey...If the tailing dumps turns out to be harmful, we hope it will be closed down. If we are poisoned, what is the point of living here? I myself am ready to go to court," they said.
For the third year in a row, “Arnika” Chemical Safety Organization from Czech Republic, together with Alaverdi-based “Center for Community Mobilization and Support” (CCMS) and “EcoLur” NGOs, has been examination chemical pollution in the northern Armenian Region, Lori.
The representative of "Arnika" NGO Valeria Grechko said, "This year we want to explore to what extent this pollution can burden a person's life. In his turn, Oleg Dulgaryan, President of “Center for Community Mobilization and Support”, also mentioned. "We already know what heavy metals are in soil, river water and agricultural products. If they appear in the human body, we will see how it spread and how it affected people. During the meetings with the residents, we saw that the overwhelming majority has serious health problems," he said.
Most people are convinced that they are harmed by the tailing dump and are going to go to court for compensation for economic, health and environmental issues. At the moment, 16 citizens have applied to “Center for Community Mobilization and Support” NGO to raise their issues together and file lawsuits.
The sampling was carried out in cooperation “Center for Community Mobilization and Support” NGO (CCMS) and “EcoLur” Informational NGO and Czech “Arnika” NGO within the framework of “For Sake of Clean Development of Tumanyan’s Region” project. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
September 25, 2020 at 13:14