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Many people affected by oil spill in India

Staff Writer | February 22, 2017
The recent oil spill on the coast off the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu caused health problems to residents and workers who helped clean up the area.
Kamarajar Port
Nature   Healthy Energy Initiative
According to a Healthy Energy Initiative report, a research team detected many people in that area with health problems, such as skin, eye and throat irritation, coughs, headaches, nausea and vomiting.

The most common chemicals in petroleum include benzene, toluene and xylene, all carcinogenic for humans, warns Dr. Amaran M., one of the researchers.

Benzene is known to cause leukemia. Toluene can cause damage to the kidney and liver, and exposure to xylene causes blurred vision, tremors and paralysis, he stressed.

The team, which included three physicians, published the find after meeting with more than 50 people who help collect the spilled oil.

It noted that the Tamil Nadu authorities did not provide any adequate protective equipment.

On January 28, a ship from the Isle of Man collided with an Indian one, loaded with oil and lubricants, outside Kamarajar Port in Ennore district.

Following the incident, the state executive began a cleanup operation in the districts of Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kancheepuram, which involved more than 2,000 people, many of them fishermen from the area who used buckets to extract the oil.