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China’s “cancer village”– Liu-kuai

Posted by Author on December 14, 2008

by Michael Anderson, SOH Radio Network, on Friday, December 12th, 2008 –

Industrial development and poor environmental protection has led to one village in Tianjin having a cancer rating 25 times higher than the national average. Liu-kuai is now dubbed China’s “cancer village”.

Liu-kuai village used to be a prosperous fishery and rice patty area about a decade ago, according to Chinese media. The village is now heavily concentrated with chemical industries, and there is now severe water and air pollution, barren lands and fishery decimation. The village is now plagued by cases of respiratory diseases and cancer.

In 2003, Liu-kuai villagers participated in a survey, and found that out of the 190 locals surveyed, 148 suffered from chronic headaches and nausea, and 39 suffered constant asthma, Tracheitis and other respiratory diseases. Since 1998, over 200 people have died from cancer there, the majority of them from lung cancer. The proportion of cancer sufferers in the village in the last10 years is 25 times higher than the Chinese national average, and there is almost one cancer patient to every family.

According to one local resident, they used to be able to drink straight from the river, and now they don’t even dare to drink well water. Water pumped up from hundreds of metres below ground level now comes up yellow with a strange smell. Many of the middle-aged women in the area have developed brain tumours from the severity of the pollution.

Over a hundred industrial chemical businesses are only a stones throw away from villager’s homes, and the waste water spouts they use are hidden below the water line. These businesses release waste water into the river day and night, severely affecting the health of local residents. The irony is that the government has cancelled medical benefits for rural people and these kinds of cases are becoming more and more common.

The above new is hosted by … for Inside China Today on the SOH Radio Network

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