Clay layers and distant pumping trigger arsenic contamination in Bangladesh groundwater

Well water contaminated by arsenic in Bangladesh is considered one of the most devastating public health crises in the world. Almost a quarter of the country’s population, an estimated 39 million people, drink water naturally contaminated by this deadly element, which can silently attack a person’s organs over years or decades, leading to cancers, cardiovascular disease, developmental and cognitive problems in children, and death. An estimated 43,000 people die each year from arsenic-related illness in Bangladesh.

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