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Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater - 'The Devil's Water'

by Adrian Page 8. October 2009 05:43

‘The Devil’s Water’

‘The biggest mass poisoning of humans’ due to arsenic poisoning.

This investigation covers what many consider to be ‘the worst environmental health disaster ever known’ which continues to grow.

Its epicentre is located in parts of Northern India and Bangladesh.

Not only are these some of the most densely populated regions of the world they are also some of the most impoverished.

Here approximately 500 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from drinking high levels of this tasteless killer arsenic that is contaminating the aquifers people rely upon for their ‘safe’ drinking water supply.

More and more locations are being found to have groundwater containing high levels of arsenic, not just on the Sub-Continent, but also in other countries especially throughout Asia.

Whilst the scientific community continues to try and understand what is occurring geologically, medical science grapples with diagnosis and treatment of Arsenicosis. A disease that takes many years to manifest and can lead to a lingering painful death as many have and are experiencing.

Now there is cause for concern with evidence emerging that the threat from arsenic poisoning is not just confined to drinking contaminated groundwater, but also from eating certain food products particularly rice.

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The following audio is an outline of ‘The Devil’s Water’ – the ‘biggest mass poisoning of humans ever known’ due to one of the world’s most deadly killers - arsenic.

It is a massive story and one which ‘The Devil’s Water’ covers very much in depth.

Programme input can include;

Scientists, doctors, NGO’s, in the field locations.

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Listen to the Audio:

The Devil's Water 1Web.mp3 (6.76 mb)

This audio extract commences at a hospital in Dhaka speaking to a doctor regarding arsenicosis before travelling to a rural village to hear from a person suffering from this painful disease. From here the attention turns to irrigating crops and an interview with a prominent scientist who is involved with the uptake of arsenic by certain crops particularly rice.

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The Devils’ Water’ is available as 'Audio' at a length to suit your requirements and 'Text' at a word count also to suit your requirements.

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