1. Chernobyl, Ukraine
Today the number of people affected by radiation in the area is 5.5 million.
nuclear disaster, which occurred April 26, 1986, when, during a test of the Chernobyl due to the explosion melted reactor core, brought a hundred times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2. Sumgait, Azerbaijan
Sumgait - the center of the chemical industry post-Soviet space. To date, there live more than 275 thousand people infected with heavy metals, waste oil and other chemicals. Children are born with genetic abnormalities such as mental retardation and bone disease.
3. Vapi, India
On the territory of the city are concentrated more than 1,000 industrial enterprises. Mercury levels in groundwater Vapi almost 100 times higher than normal, and the air is filled with heavy metals. The number of infected residents Vapi suffering from various kinds of chronic diseases, this year has exceeded 70 thousand.
4. Tyanzhin, China
Tyanzhin - industrial center in China for the production of lead. This is one of the places naiboleezagryaznennyh China. The concentration of lead in the air and soil are almost 10 times higher than the acceptable norm. The lead content in crops grown in the area, 24 times higher than normal.
5. Sukinda, India
Here are the world's largest chrome mine. Most of othodovpredpriyaty dumped into the water of rivers and lakes. The city is home to over two and a half million people. Almost 90 percent of the population exposed to rakovymzabolevaniyam.
6. Norilsk, Russia
Norilsk is considered one of the most polluted places in Russia. The city has the world's largest enterprises for processing of heavy metals - copper, lead, nickel, selenium and zinc. For today in the city live about 134 thousand people infected with respiratory diseases. Since 2001, the entrance to the city for foreigners is prohibited.
7. Linfen, China
Linfen - center of Chinese coal industry. The level of sulfur dioxide and other harmful particles in the air is many times higher than normal. The city is home to more than 200 thousand infected people suffering from pneumonia, lung cancer and bronchitis.
8. La Oroya, Peru
This settlement is home to only 35,000 people. But more than 95 percent zhiteleyzarazheny severe disease associated with high levels of lead in the blood. On the territory of the settlements are American plants for extraction of minerals such as lead, copper and zinc. There are often acid rain.
9. Kabwe, Zambia
In the early 20th century in Kabwe were discovered large deposits of lead and cadmium. Large enterprises were built for the processing of these metals. Today urovenzagryazneniya air with heavy metals is four times the acceptable norm. Infected people, whose number is more than 250 thousand suffering from acute blood poisoning, which leads to frequent vomiting, diarrhea, kidney and muscle atrophy.
10. Dzerzhinsk, Russia
In 1930 - 1998 years in Dzerzhinsk was buried more than 200 thousand tons of chemical waste - including the most dangerous - neurotoxins. Urovenzagryazneniya urban water reportedly 17 million times the safe level. To date, the city is home to about 300 thousand. Residents. The average life expectancy of 45 years.