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Rash B. Ghosh, Ph.D (Founder IIBB)  
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    Where is the Bengal Basin?

  • The Bengal Basin lies in the eastern part of India and also covers the major portion of Bangladesh.


    What is Arsenic?

  • Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found throughout the world. Arsenic is highly toxic and dangerous to human health with chronic exposure or with exposure to high levels of arsenic.


    What are the effects of Arsenic Poisoning?

  • High levels or chronic exposure to arsenic causes major negative health effects. These include:
    - vascular diseases
    - skin lesions and discoloration
    - liver damage
    - abnormal sensation in the limbs
    - paralysis, muscular atrophy, and death - in extreme cases
    - arsenic poisoning may also be linked to cancer and birth defects.


    How Many People Are Affected?

  • Of the 220 million people living in the Bengal Basin, 30 million people are suffering from the symptoms of arsenic poisoning, and over 100 million people are at a risk of ruining their health because of the contaminated drinking water. Out of 64 districts in Bangladesh, 59 have arsenic contaminated drinking water. In addition, most of the people living in the Bengal Basin are at a risk of some water-borne diseases due to contaminants and pathogens.


    How Does Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater Occur in the Bengal Basin?

  • Arsenic is a natural component of the sedimentary rock in the Bengal Basin, and has been present for millions of years. Only during the last 25 years has had a significant impact on the health and lives of the people. This is because national and international agencies invested in a major program to change the origin of drinking water from surface water to groundwater. Five million tube wells were drilled. Initially, this had a positive impact by reducing health risks from biological contaminants. However, as wells were drilled in an uncontrolled manner, relatively safe groundwater drinking supplies became contaminated by arsenic. By addressing one environmental hazard, another possibly greater problem was created.


    What Can Be Done?

  • Unfortunately, there are no simple solutions to the problem of arsenic contamination in the Bengal Basin. However, the magnitude and severity of the problem necessitate taking immediate steps to find feasable solutions. Drilling wells more deeply to reach uncontaminated parts of aquifers is one way to solve problems, and other technological solutions are available.  IIBB has the contacts for taking such measures, and we look forward to hearing from you. 











Welcome to Bengal Basin  |  Deceased Irish Citizens  |  Upcoming Events August 2015  |  Upcoming Events July 2013  |  Donation to IIBB  |  4 Scientists  |  Join IIBB/Member Benefits  |  Arsenic Contamination in the Bengal Basin  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  History of Bengal  |  Historic Figures of Bengal  |  Language Day  |  News Articles  |  News Articles  |  International Symposia Series on Toxic Contamination  |  Human Rights Symposia Series  |  Raja Ram Mohan Roy: Father of Modern India - Symposia Series  |  Recent Event-8th International Symposium in Bangladesh: Background, Registration, and Fees  |  Upcoming Events  |  Visva Bharati University  |  Message Center  |  Discussion Groups  |  Maps/Photos  |  Links  |  Contact us  |  Stand Against Injustice  |  Sheik Majibur Rahman  |  Founder and Institute Fight to Save Property  |  About the Institute  |  ghosh



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