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Over 60 pc of country "have arsenic in groundwater" - 19 Feb 2003

Over 60 per cent of Bangladesh has shown signs of deadly arsenic contamination in its groundwater. A study on "Water Availability and Usage Regime in Rural Bangladesh: commissioned under Sustainable Environmental Management Programme (SEMP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forest revealed this finding Tuesday. UN Development Programme (UNDP) is funding the SEMP. The study has also stated that the water-abundant country is facing a serious shortage of water for irrigation and drinking purposes....

Since groundwater is generally perceived safe for drinking, some of the traditional water purification and storage practices have all but vanished, the report alleged. Unfortunately, the country now faces a massive and pervasive arsenic contamination in its groundwater aquifers, it said. (The Financial Express)



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