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Bush-Burning: Residence Of Bayelsa Laments On Health Disorders

Bush burning for the new farming season in the predominantly riverine Bayelsa State is causing health complications for residents, who have complained about clogging smoke in the atmosphere, and pollution of the environment.
A concerned resident, Clarkson Amaebi, said: “This is disturbing, especially with the choking smoke in the air and its implication on human health and the environment.
“The heavy dust in the air and smoke from rampant bush burning have severely limited visibility, even on land not to talk of the riverine enclave.”
“Travelling by boat this time of the year is risky because of the heavy blanket of smoke along the creek and waterways.
“Many people are using face masks because of the smoke and dust in the air, and we are now compelled to mop the floor of our homes daily because black smoke easily covers all surfaces just as the underneath of our feet are always covered with black soot.”

“Catarrh has become a regular occurrence for my children and me. Even when one spits, it comes out black. If you put your hand inside your nose, it is black,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Government blamed the choking smoke in town on the indiscriminate bush and open garbage burning by some unscrupulous elements and put in place a committee to curb the menace.
Govt sets up committee to tackle threat
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Iselema Gbaranbiri, inaugurated the 13-member committee headed by Akpoebi Agberebi.
He charged the committee to complement government’s efforts in maintaining a safe, healthy, and sanitized environment, and fight the current menace of unlawful and indiscriminate bush and open garbage burning currently facing the state, adding that their assignment was with immediate effect.

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