Russian Authorities Accused of Cover Up In Smog Risks

August 9, 2010

Photo credit Акутагава via Wikimedia Commons

Russia (ChattahBox) – Authorities in Moscow are being accused to hiding from the public the true extent of the problem in the city, as smog continued to literally chock residents and cause many to leave the city.

The toxic smog problem has been worsened in recent days by a large fire that has been burning near a nuclear site, which firefighters are still battling back before it spreads. The smoke in the air has added to the overall problem, as has the heatwave that, according to RAW, is the worst the nation has seen in decades.

It is more than pollution that is causing alarm. The smog contains between 2.2 and 6.6 times the maximum level of carbon monoxide allowed for acceptable living conditions, and there have been a number of health complaints and even deaths. The mortality rate of Moscow jumped by 50% in July.

Doctors have said that they have been forbidden from taking any but the most severe cases of illness, barring them from treating more patients. But they have anonymously pointed out to the media that the conditions in the hospitals are very bad at the moment, as well.

“There are no air conditioners in vehicles and those that are simply do not work. Temperatures inside reach 50 degrees [Celcius]. Sometimes our doctors faint,” an unnamed doctor told Russian opposition papers.

“Air conditioners work only on the floor of the administration, temperatures reach 30 degrees in the operating room. It’s hard to work in these conditions.”

Russians are now pointing the finger at the government, saying that they have been releasing data meant to cover up the real issue, which is that the toxic smog covering the city is leading to a spike in illness and death.

All the while, hundreds of miles worth of wildfire adds to the pollution level, and things could be getting much worst.


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