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by Kalori Wesonga | 31-10-2019 23:50 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

It has been one week since the short rains started. This is two months late after my neighbor's son died from asthma after being exposed to gusts of dust at his local school. This was after an entire year of drought, marked by sparse rainfall. And yet, we live in an area generously covered by trees and vegetation where soil erosion is minimal.  How then did dust cause an innocent child’s death? The answer is more nuanced than it seems. Apparently, not all forms of dust pollution are visible to the naked eye.

To fully appreciate the extent of dust pollution, I took a photo of the neighborhood dam where I live in Limuru. The water in the dam has a deep brown color from dust pollution. Some of the dust particles are so fine that they are barely visible. However when it rains, the dust leaches into water, becoming fully visible. Also to blame is soil erosion which causes the siltation of the dam downstream.

 Siltation from dust and soil erosion.

The indifference towards dust pollution is startling to say the least. Maybe because sometimes dust particles are too minute for us to see, but rather because we can’t immediately see its effects. From inhalation, dust pollution can cause lung cancer, visibility impairment and even nonfatal heart attacks from aggravated breathing. But perhaps the most disconcerting thing about dust pollution is that it is not localized. Because wind carries dust to great distances. River siltation results into contamination of water sources , which then becomes a health hazard for human beings and animals.

This is precisely why we have to stop it, not only to preserve soil cover, but to preserve lives as well. What have your experiences with dust pollution and siltation been like?


Dust pollution and river siltation.


Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Kalori

    It is easy to think that dust pollution is a phenomenon that is clearly visible, but I could learn that there can be some other cases. Looking at the pictures you posted, I'm just shocked by the color of the water. I can't imagine how much dusts are floating around the air, even in wide range of regions. It is really sad that the young children and elderly with weak respiratory system are the ones that are critically damaged with dust pollution. I truly hope the situation get better in the region.

    Thank you for the great report.

    Keep up the good work.
    Posted 05-11-2019 01:01

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello kalori

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about THE COST OF INDIFFERENCE TO DUST POLLUTION

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 02-11-2019 23:54

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello kalori
    I hope you are doing well.

    At first a heartfelt condolences to your neighborhood.

    Dust pollution has been the problem since a very long time and it's impatient in people is directly seen.
    Thank you so much for it.

    Green cheers!
    Regards Asmita Gaire
    Posted 02-11-2019 11:20

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Kalori!!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.
    Thank you for well-written report.

    Actually dust pollution is not limited to the certain cities but is severe in the developing country like Nepal.Every people are compelled to use clinical masks for the protection against dust.Furthermore,it has also caused different respiratory problem and nasal allergic.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,


    Posted 01-11-2019 17:45


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    I really enjoyed reading it!
    Posted 01-11-2019 01:43

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Kalori!
    This is your mentor Lisa.

    First of all, welcome back to Tunza! It's nice to hear from you:)

    Dust pollution indeed is a problem and I think you have well put the point that this is serious because it is not limited to certain areas. The wind carries the problem with them around everywhere and this is why the problem has to be managed in the earliest manner. Korea has had the dust pollution problem as well this year, I personally thought this might be the end of the world because we could barely see the buildings right in front of us!!

    Global warming is not irrelevant to the dust pollution and this is why probably dust pollution is getting more and more serious!

    Thanks for your contribution and I really enjoyed reading it!
    Posted 31-10-2019 23:56

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