A leak from an artificial pond meant to store toxic residue from a coal power plant run by Essar Power MP Ltd (EPMPL) has contaminated farmland spread over a 4-km area near Singrauli, the power hub of Madhya Pradesh, leading to panic in the surrounding villages.
The affected villagers have blamed EPMPL for the breach that occurred on August 7 night, but the company called it “a clear case of sabotage.” Photos and videos taken by villagers on their mobile phones show a sea of sludge in the areas around the power plant and also on what appears to be agricultural land.
“Five children got stuck in a house. We rescued them around midnight,” said District Collector K.V.S. Chaudhary A photograph showed five children covered with white ash on their hair, face and chest as they stood in the dark. Read More
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