There are many beautiful and interesting places on Earth that many want to visit. But there are places in which it is better not to appear, because being there can be life-threatening. The American environmental fund Blacksmith Institute has compiled a list of ten such places.
10. Dzerzhinsk, Russia
Between 1930 and 1998, more than 200, 000 tons of chemical waste, including the most dangerous neurotoxins, were buried in Dzerzhinsk. Urban water pollution levels are reported to be 17 million times the safe level. Today the city is home to about 300 residents. The average life expectancy is 45 years.
At the beginning of the 20th century, large reserves of lead and cadmium were discovered in Kabwe. Large enterprises for the processing of these metals were built. And today the level of air pollution with heavy metals is four times higher than the permissible norm. Infected people, whose number is more than 250 thousand, suffer from acute blood poisoning, which leads to frequent vomiting, diarrhea, kidney disease and muscle atrophy.
8. La Oroya, Peru
Only 35 thousand people live in this settlement. But more than 95 percent of residents are infected with serious diseases associated with high blood lead levels. On the territory of this settlement are American factories for the extraction of minerals such as lead, copper and zinc. Acid rain is frequent here.
7. Linfin, China
Linfin is the center of the Chinese coal industry. The level of sulfur dioxide and other harmful particles in the air is many times higher than the norm. The city is home to over 200, 000 infected people suffering from pneumonia, lung cancer and bronchitis.
6. Norilsk, Russia
Norilsk is considered one of the most polluted places in Russia. The city is home to the world's largest processing plants for heavy metals - copper, lead, nickel, selenium and zinc. Today, the city is home to about 134 thousand infected people suffering from respiratory diseases. Since 2001, foreigners have been banned from entering the city.
5. Sukinda, India
The world's largest chrome mines are located here. Most of the waste from enterprises is discharged into the water of rivers and lakes. More than two and a half million people live in the city. Almost 90 percent of the population is affected by cancer.
4. Tianjin, China
Tianjin is the industrial center of China for the production of lead. This is one of the most polluted places in China. The concentration of lead in the air and soil here is almost 10 times higher than the permissible level. The content of lead in cereals growing in this area is 24 times higher than the norm.
3. Wapi, India
More than 1000 industrial enterprises are concentrated on the territory of this city. The level of mercury in the groundwater of Vapi is almost 100 times higher than the norm, and the air is full of heavy metals. The number of infected residents of Vapi, suffering from various kinds of chronic diseases, has exceeded 70 thousand this year.
2. Sumgait, Azerbaijan
Sumgait is the center of the chemical industry in the post-Soviet space. Today, more than 275 thousand people live there, contaminated with heavy metals, oil waste and other chemicals. Children here are born with genetic disorders such as mental retardation and bone disease.
1. Chernobyl, Ukraine
To date, the number of people affected by radiation in the area is 5.5 million. The nuclear disaster that happened on April 26, 1986, when the reactor core melted during tests at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant due to an explosion, brought in a hundred times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.