77 million Bangladeshi’s poisoned by arsenic in drinking water
Up to 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water in recent decades, according to a Lancet study.
The research assessed nearly 12,000 people in a district of the capital Dhaka for over a period of 10 years.
More than 20% of deaths among those assessed were caused by the naturally occurring poisonous element, it found.
The World Health Organization said the exposure was “the largest mass poisoning of a population in history”.
It began after hand-pumped wells were installed in the 1970s to tap groundwater.
Scientists say even small amounts of arsenic over a long period can cause cancer of the bladder, kidney, lung or skin.
Bangladesh was chosen for the study because nearly 90% of the population uses groundwater as its primary source of fresh water.
this is possibly the worse case of poisoning ever..over 70 million affected..and it never made by nightly news telecast..might involve corrupt governments and dirty companies i guess..