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Arsenic contaminating groundwater in Bagerhat

BAGERHAT, May 15: Local people are poised to embrace the worst pure water crisis in history as arsenic continues to contaminate groundwater of the district, reports UNB.

According to a survey, 80 per cent tubewells in the district have been detected with high prevalence of arsenic, posing a serious threat to public health. It said some of the tubewells were pumping out arsenic eight times higher than the tolerant level.

Despite high prevalence of arsenic, the town dwellers were still using tube-well waters, as they cannot consume supply water due to presence of unhygienic elements.

There have been allegations that fish fry are occasionally found in the water supplied by the municipality.

Meanwhile, most water bodies of the district dried up due to prolonged drought.



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