Impact of rock quarrying on the people; a case study around Masese Rock Quarry in Jinja district
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Quarrying is a short term activity with long term with long term effects as it comes along with promises of wealth creation but it brings high environmental costs. The main aim of the study was to examine the impacts of quarrying on people living next to the quarry. Specifically, the study examined the damage caused by quarrying activities on buildings and the safest area for settlement of inhabitants away from the quarry. Interview and measurements were used as a tool for collection of data. The measurements included the length and width of the crack on two types of houses that is to say mud and brick houses, in relation to the magnitude away from the quarry. Measurements were taken from 60 houses both brick and mud houses. The information collected was analysed using Microsoft excel to generate tables and mean and data was interpreted using descriptive statistics. Results showed that houses close to the quarry at a distance of 0-2km had more cracks than houses far way from the quarry at a distance of 8km. The findings showed that regardless of the important role that quarrying activities played in the economic growth, it resulted into negative effects to people.