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Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India

By Chowdhury, Uttam K.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000240334
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India  
Author: Chowdhury, Uttam K.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: Approximately 20 incidents of groundwater arsenic contamination have been reported from all over the world. Of these, four major incidents were in Asia: in Bangladesh (1?3); West Bengal, India (4?15); Inner Mongolia, China (16,17); and Taiwan (18?20). The worlds two biggest cases of groundwater arsenic contamination and those that affected the greatest number of people were in Bangladesh and West Bengal. The magnitude of the arsenic contamination in Bangladesh surfaced only recently (3). A recent report (21) described the magnitude of the arsenic contamination in Bangladesh; the World Banks local chief stated that tens of millions of people are at risk for health effects and that 43,000 villages of 68,000 are presently at risk or could be at risk in future. In the same report, the World Health Organization (WHO) (21) predicted that, within a few years, death across much of southern Bangladesh (1 in 10 adults) could be from cancers triggered by arsenic. The British Geological Survey (22) analyzed 2,000 hand tube-well water samples from the eastern, southern, and western portions of Bangladesh, and reported that approximately 21 million people in Bangladesh were drinking water with arsenic levels > 50 micrograms/L. The U.S.


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