New power stations planned for deployment in Guangdong could create pollution that would eventually kill up to 16,000 people over 40 years, a new study has claimed. 22 new plants are planned for construction along the Pearl River Delta, an area that already has some 3,600 deaths and 4,000 cases of “child asthma” per year, which is the most depressing statistic of all time.
There are 96 operating coal-fired plants in the region, and these 22 new facilities would be the first built since a 2009 moratorium on coal-plant construction. South China Morning Post reports:
Of the predicted 16,000 premature deaths in the next four decades, two-thirds would be related to strokes, the report said. The rest would be from lung cancer and heart disease.
It said the pollution would also lead to 15,000 new cases of child asthma and 19,000 of chronic bronchitis.
Most new deaths and child asthma cases would be in the delta region, with 1,700 and 1,300 respectively in Hong Kong.