DONGGUAN, Guangdong: A growing number of cancer cases allegedly
connected with foul landfills have been detected in villages of this
In Yuanfeng village, located in the Humen town famous for garment
manufacturing, 11 of the 400 residents have been diagnosed with cancer
over the past six years, nine of whom have died.
The incidence of the disease is about three times that of the national average.
On average, 2 million people, or 0.15 percent of the country's
population, are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the
Ministry of Health.
In another two villages of Niushan community, six of seven cancer patients have died over the past three years.
The villagers were exposed to mountains of trash in the landfills,
which reached capacity a couple of years ago but still accept tons of
waste produced by the expanding urban population.
According to a report by Guangzhou Daily, the government outsourced
the landfills in Niushan to private operators three years ago, but did
not manage them well.
The profit-driven operators accept waste from other towns, charging
150 to 200 yuan ($22 to $29) for every truckload of trash. They also
collect fees from garbage collectors, said villagers.
Without proper treatment, the trash in the landfills, amounting to 4
million tons in Yuanfeng, was completely exposed to the air, giving off
horrible smells and forcing the villagers to close their windows year