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14 more arsenicosis patients detected

At least 14 people have been suffering from arsenicosis in Bhandaria upazila of Jhalakathi

The patients were detected during the recent survey conducted by Ahsania Mission of Dhaka. Of them, four were detected in Bhandaria Sadar, five in Nadmula, three in Dhaoa and one each in Gouripur and Ikri unions.

They were identified as Salam, Altaf, Runa, Ruhul Amin, Mosharraf, Paritosh, Nurul Islam, Bimal, Mansur Ali, Ambia Khatun, Hira Aktar, Billal, Rokeya and Fazlul Huq.

Most of the tubewell waters of the upazila have been found to be containing arsenic beyond permissible limit. Anxious people in these areas have been desperately trying to collect water from deep tubewells, which are few and far between.

The survey found 60 per cent of shallow tubewells in the upazila containing water with arsenic beyond permissible limit. Five unions out of seven have been affected, the survey said.

Locals said most of the affected persons are poor and in the absence of treatment facilities in the upazila, they are passing their days in anxiety.

Meanwhile, most people in the area where deep tubewells do not exist are using contaminated pond and canal water since the outbreak of the disease in the upazila. (UNB)

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