Water Pollution in Bangladesh

The water pollution situation from Bangladesh could be the largest poisoning in history and the irony is that this situation could be the result of all the efforts in cleaning the water for some of the poorest nations of the world. A British study, shows that about 80 million people from Bangladesh, South Asia, are exposed to a high level of toxicity from the water contaminated with arsenic. An international team of researchers from Chicago, New York and Bangladesh has been monitoring, in the last decade, the water intake of arsenic contaminated wells and the impact of 12,000 people. The conclusions showed that the death of five people was directly linked to the elevated levels of arsenic in the bodies of the victims of the Bangladesh water. The result is not just a novelty, it is a problem known for some years now and, over time, and residents were advised to dig deeper wells to avoid the potentially contaminated surface water consumption. Now, even the deep waters appear to be problematic.

Dhaka is the capital and the largest city from Bangladesh and the biggest problem that the city has is the arsenic in the water, which lately has become a menace and a source of panic for inhabitants. The infected water sources are highly contaminated with arsenic that develops illnesses and incurable diseases. The population of the city faces everyday problems of hygiene, nutrition and disease all this added to the short breathable air that surrounds the city.

Arsenic is a deadly poison which, historically, has been used in cases of intrigue and murder. There are theories that support the hypothesis of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte as a result of his poisoning with this substance, when he was exiled to St. Helena. Unfortunately, there is plenty of dust and soil and the main pollution of Bangladesh is on the water. Some studies indicate that 20 years are needed for the morbid effects of arsenic poisoning to disappear.