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Millions at risk in Pakistan after arsenic found in water

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 01:06

A new study shows up to 60 million people could be at risk in Pakistan after dangerously toxic arsenic was found in drinking water across the country. Samantha Vadas reports.

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An alarming health threat reported in Pakistan. A new study says up to 60 million people in the country are thought to be at risk after being exposed to arsenic in their drinking water. Research into water supplies across Pakistan shows groundwater in some areas containing high levels of the dangerously toxic chemical. But the extent of the risk is still unclear. The samples were collected from around 1,200 wells and nearly two thirds exceeded the safe levels set by the World Health Organisation. According to a report on the website, millions of people have been exposed to contaminated water since wells were drilled in Bangladesh and across the region in the 1970s. It says the extent of problem first came to light 20 years later when scientists found high arsenic levels across the Ganges Delta. Arsenic poisoning causes a range of problems that can affect the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver. It can also lead to comas and eventually death.

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Millions at risk in Pakistan after arsenic found in water

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 01:06