Aftermath of disaster in Armyansk? Mortality from respiratory diseases rose sharply among Crimea residents
In the occupied Crimea, the number of people who died from respiratory diseases has rose sharply over the past year, according to Russian Federal State Statistics Service Rosstat. Such diseases include bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, bronchitis and a number of others.нхит и ряд других.
In the period of January-November 2018, 810 people died from such diseases in the Crimea, which is 45% more than in the same period of 2017 (when 557 Crimeans died). In Sevastopol, however, four people less died for the same reason than in 2017 (81 people).
The mortality rate in the Crimea from respiratory diseases last year was a record for all the years of annexation. Еhe trend of increasing mortality from these diseases in the Crimea against the background of its reduction in Sevastopol is worth noting.
Russian Federal State Statistics Service Rosstat does not indicate whether the northern regions of Crimea are leading in the number of deaths.
Number of deaths on the peninsula from respiratory diseases
Sulfur dioxide is a compound of sulfur with oxygen, which is used to produce sulfurous acid. In addition to the negative effects on the gastrointestinal tract, the substance provokes the exacerbation of bronchial asthma and emphysema.
Reference: In August 2017 in the north of the occupied Crimea an environmental disaster occurred at the plant “Crimean Titan”. There was a release of sulfurous anhydride into the air, which affected the city Armyansk and its environs. Emissions from the factory acid accumulator were repeated during several weeks, in this connection children were even evacuated from the city for some time.
Throughout the autumn of last year, residents of Armyansk complained of problems with breathing, exacerbation of asthma, and other diseases of the respiratory system, as well as the developing or intensification of allergic reactions., People even reported cases of death of asthmatics in social networks, directly connecting them with the effects of emissions on the “Titan” plant. At the same time, people noted that doctors refused to admit that the exacerbation of diagnoses was due to a chemical catastrophe.
“Residents write that several people have already died from asthma. “On Friday, two people died of asthma … It would be interesting to go to the administration to see whether everyone is in the workplace or flew far away on their helicopters. I think we just have to wait until the disaster reaches Simferopol. And also I think – they are really fumigating us. We are spare people – to pay us salaries, pensions…”, – Irina Kuzmina, a resident of Armyansk, wrote in September 2018.
Moreover, last year 4069 people died from cancer in the Crimea, which is 202 people (5%) more than in 2017. In Sevastopol, this figure is 1017 and 1010 people, respectively.