Gully Erosion Kills 15 In Anambra Community

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The federal government has disclosed that 15 people of Umuozu community in Otolo, a suburb of Anambra State lost their lives to gully erosion in the area.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari who was drawn to the gas emission from exposed coal seam in the community, dispatched a team of officers from the ministry to visit the scene for preliminary inspection and to hold discussion with the affected community.
The team observed that the gully erosion led to some coal seams which were exposed with emitting gases, adding that there was also intermittent fire flares from the exposed coal seams, which commenced around December, 2017.
According to the minister, “Coal deposits are known to contain several gases that are highly toxic and injurious to human health and environment.
“In this case, the deaths could be as a result of the coal releasing carbon dioxide and other gases that if inhaled could cause harm to human beings.
Bwari continued, “In this light, the ministry has ordered further investigation on the effect of this on humans and the environment.