Arsenic contamination in Bangladesh groundwater: a major environmental and social disaster

Alam, M. G. M., Allinson, G., Stagnitti, Frank, Tanaka, A. and Westbrooke, M. 2002, Arsenic contamination in Bangladesh groundwater: a major environmental and social disaster, International journal of environmental health research, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 236-253.

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Title Arsenic contamination in Bangladesh groundwater: a major environmental and social disaster
Author(s) Alam, M. G. M.
Allinson, G.
Stagnitti, Frank
Tanaka, A.
Westbrooke, M.
Journal name International journal of environmental health research
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 236
End page 253
Publisher Carfax Publishing Limited
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publication date 2002-09
ISSN 0960-3123
1369-1619
Keyword(s) Bangladesh
groundwater
arsenic
groundwater pollution
water resource management
Summary In attempting to eliminate disease caused by drinking polluted surface water, millions of shallow surface wells were drilled into the Ganges delta alluvium in Bangladesh. The latest statistics indicate that 80% of Bangladesh and an estimated 40 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning-related diseases because the ground water in these wells is contaminated with arsenic. The clinical manifestations of arsenic poisoning are myriad, and the correct diagnosis depends largely on awareness of the problem. Patients with melanosis, leuco-melanosis, keratosis, hyperkeratosis, dorsum, non-petting edema, gangrene and skin cancer have been identified. The present article reviews the current arsenic contamination of ground water, hydrological systems, groundwater potential and utilization and environmental pollution in Bangladesh. This paper concludes by clarifying the main actions required to ensure the sustainable development of water resources in Bangladesh
Language eng
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001684

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Collection: School of Ecology and Environment
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