Experts warn of an imminent disaster after gold residues mixed with torrents

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The strong torrents that hit last week have raised more than 25 villages in the Nile River State, which are crowded with gold mining sites; Real fears of harmful mining residues mixing with water, which would lead to major health and environmental disasters.
More than 5,000 families were lost in those villages; Shelter in very dangerous sanitary conditions and a great shortage of drinking water.

Meanwhile, experts indicated, according to (Sky News Arabia), that the danger resulting from the possible mixing of torrential water with harmful gold mining residues and materials will lead to health and environmental disasters that are difficult to control.

The consultant for environmental care and development sustainability and professor at the University of Khartoum, Issa Mohamed Abdel Latif, confirmed that the waste and materials from gold mining pollute the environment, as 99.9% of the aggregate from which gold is extracted turns into waste.
Abdel Latif explained to (Sky News Arabia), that when it rains and the valleys wash away mercury residues into rivers, drinking and irrigation waters are directly contaminated with mercury, cyanide and other mining residues.

According to Abdel Latif, water streams are often polluted with cyanide and toxic chemicals, which increases the risk of their infiltration into the soil and groundwater, which poses a direct threat to human life and the biological diversity of wildlife.

Water and microorganisms that play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance and the productivity of the natural resources on which the country depends for food and water security, such as forests, pastures, agricultural crops, livestock and fisheries.

In the same context; Tsheer Hanan Al-Amin Muddathir, Environmental and Water Systems Consultant; To the weak government commitment to agreed global standards regarding the safe use of mercury, cyanide and other chemicals in mining areas despite Sudan’s signing of the “Minamata” global agreement on mercury, which entered into force in August 2017.

Khartoum (Kush News)


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