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Bangladesh river pollution threatens millions
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By Azad Majumder
DHAKA | Mon May 18, 2009 9:14pm EDT
(Reuters) - It was once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi capital.
But the once mighty Buriganga river, which flows by Dhaka, is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of rampant dumping of industrial and human waste. "Much of the Buriganga is now gone, having fallen to ever insatiable land grabbers and industries
dumping untreated effluents into the river," said Ainun Nishat, a leading environmental expert. "The water of the Buriganga is now so polluted that all fish have died, and increasing filth and
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human waste have turned it like a black gel. Even rowing across the river is now difficult for it smells so badly," he told reporters. The plight of the Buriganga symbolizes the general state of many rivers in Bangladesh, a large flat land criss-crossed by hundreds of rivers which faces an uphill battle to keep them navigable and their waters safe for human and aquatic lives.
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Bangladesh has about 230 small and large rivers, and a large chunk of the country's 140 million people depend on them for a living and for transportation.
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But experts say many of them are drying up or are choked because of pollution and encroachment.
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" While You Were Distracted. Bangladesh enacted a law in 1995 making it compulsory for all industrial units to use effluent treatment plants in a bid to save river waters from pollution. It is like a septic tank." said Khawaja Minnatullah.S. "The pollutants have eaten up all oxygen in the Buriganga and we call it biologically dead." said Minnatullah." said Professor Abdullah Abu Saeed. which largely depends on the Buriganga's water for drinking. Matin. their illegal occupation ended and the laws strictly enforced to prevent abuse of waterways. an eminent campaigner for "Save Buriganga. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack 6:48am EDT Conservatives hammer Romney for skimping on policy details | 1:07am EDT Egyptians angry at film scale U. high costs 196 175 136 "If the pollution is not controlled. "Not many days ago Singapore River was also like our Buriganga. a World Bank specialist on environment and water management. and also asked illegal encroachers to vacate the river.receive 1. "There is no fish or aquatic life in this river apart from zero oxygen survival kind of organisms. (Writing by Anis Ahmed. But environmental groups say they defy such orders by using their political links or by bribing people. "Unfortunately. posing a serious threat to public health. or the "Old Ganges" once famous for a spectacular cruise. dumping of industrial waste and other abuses -. dumping of medicinal waste and waste of river passengers have compounded the problem.S.the Buriganga.reuters.occur in full knowledge of the authorities. Editing by Sugita Katyal) New Wind Tech Launches Low Cost Electric Mass Megawatts Wind (stock ticker MMMW) launches product to lower electric cost ENVIRONMENT Recommend 11 people recommend this. fishing and carrying merchandise." said Nishat. we will face a serious health crisis in a year or two or at best three years. embassy walls | 11 Sep 2012 China maintains silence on Xi." 1 2 3 4 5 U." said M. Save Lives. [?] Romney Won the Battle over! READ Among the top polluters are dozens of tanneries on the banks of the Buriganga. SPONSORED LINKS Environmentalists say they are hopeful. all these bad things -.S.pl | 11 Sep 2012 DISCUSSED Chemicals such as cadmium and chromium. general- Egyptians angry at film scale U. "SEPTIC TANK" Environmentalists say the Buriganga. a city of 12 million people. But they cleaned it up and now turned it into a great resource. But they don't use it as it is expensive. "We want the rivers fully dredged. and other elements such as mercury carried by the industrial waste are also creeping into the ground water. but industry owners often flout the rule. embassy walls secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon or the Bangladesh Environment Movement. rumor mill in overdrive 5:30am EDT Apple turns legal guns on Polish retailer A.5 million cubic metres of waste water every day from 7. Sign Up to see what your friends recommend. "Many of them have this plant. ‘He Kept Us Safe’: Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings Of! (National Memo) Unabated encroachment that prevents the free flow of water.Bangladesh river pollution threatens millions | Reuters 9/13/12 6:04 PM A World Bank study said four major rivers near Dhaka -." he said.000 industrial units in surrounding areas and another 0. Turag and Balu -.5 million cubic meters from other sources. Link this Share this Digg this Email Reprints Tweet this Ads by Marchex More From Reuters http://www. The river flows by the capital Dhaka.com/article/2009/05/19/us-bangladesh-rivers-idUSTRE54I04G20090519 From Around the Web Page 2 of 5 .encroachment. Shitalakhya. making the water unusable for humans and livestock. Obama widens lead over Romney despite jobs data: Reuters/Ipsos poll Insight: GM’s Volt – The ugly math of low sales.A. The government has initiated a move to relocate the tanneries outside the capital. is worst affected.
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