India, Sept. 7 -- At least 250 people from Minakhan block in Sunderbans contracted the disease when they lefthome to work as labourers in stone and mineral grinding factories after cyclone Aila

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently rapped the West Bengal government for inaction and lack of appropriate response in compensating silicosis-affected people in Minakhan.

They reportedly worked in unhygienic conditions and without protective gear. As many developed respiratory problems, the entire group left the job and returned to Minakhan.

Silicosis is an lung disorder caused by inhalation of silica dust while working in factories processing sand, rock or mineral ores such as quartz. Continuous exposure can cause silica to build...