Bangladesh’s paddy farmers in Naogaon are facing losses worth hundreds of thousands of taka as toxic fumes from an explosion of a brick kiln chimney has destroyed around 6.42 hectares of paddy on their fields. The heat and fumes from the explosion have turned the paddy in the fields around the brick kiln into husks. The incident took place more than two weeks ago at the brick field owned by More Brick Kiln in the village, but the affected farmers say they have yet to receive any compensation for their loss. The heat and fumes from the explosion have turned the paddy in the fields around the brick kiln into husks, the farmers said. This is not the first incident of this kind where the farmers had to stare at colossal damages to their crop.
Gross negligence of government rules by Brick Kilns owners about running operations around localities, orphanages and surrounding agricultural lands, often lead to such kind of disasters affecting farmers and poor people. Moreover the soil that they pile up to make bricks with makes traffic movement very difficult on the road, especially when it rains and makes the road muddy. Locals say that the brick kiln’s owners are wealthy and influential, and use their connections to illegally construct the plant in a residential area, posing a huge threat to public health. The chimney is usually only half of the standard chimney height, which is 125 feet, because of which the toxic fumes coming out of it, affects the local population more severely and risk of explosion goes up. In addition to causing harm to the environment, the brick processing setup makes huge noise.