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1High in the Himalayas - Source of the Ganga - (India River Lifestyle the Ganga Box 4 File 5 m1 7)

‘It’s believed that the arsenic emanates from the Himalayas and is transported within the vast amounts of sediment that are deposited across the Gangetic Plain during the annual monsoons,’ ‘It’s believed that the arsenic emanates from the Himalayas -

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2 Part of Himalaya Mountain Range - (India Box 4 File 5 m2 6)

‘It’s believed that the arsenic emanates from the Himalayas and is transported within the vast amounts of sediment that are deposited across the Gangetic Plain during the annual monsoons,’ ‘But one of the many things puzzling scientists is how this arsenic is released into the aquifers in such great quantities’. One theory is - oxidation.

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3 Rural Dwellers How Safe - (India Bhagalpur Box 4 File 6 9 ns 3 )

It has been found that if diagnosed early enough arsenicosis is reversible. This can be achieved by drinking ‘safe’ water and eating a good nutritional diet’. But for millions of people neither is available. Not only do so many of the people affected by this ‘mass poisoning’ live in some of the most densely populated regions of the world they are also some of the most impoverished with many families trying to survive on less than half a US dollar a day.

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4 Hand Tube Well Red Not Safe -(Bangladesh Arsenic Box 4 File 6 9ns 2)

The hand tube well proved a simple cost effective method of accessing the groundwater. Just a matter of sinking a metal pipe from the surface and tapping it into the underground aquifer then connecting the surface end of the pipe to a simple hand pump mechanism. By levering the handle in an up and downward motion the water is drawn up and out of the spout into the waiting container.

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5 Hand Tube Well Green Safe - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 6 ns 15)

The hand tube well proved a simple cost effective method of accessing the groundwater. Just a matter of sinking a metal pipe from the surface and tapping it into the underground aquifer then connecting the surface end of the pipe to a simple hand pump mechanism. By levering the handle in an up and downward motion the water is drawn up and out of the spout into the waiting container.

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6 Water Collection From Arsenic Removal Plant - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 6 ns 2)

The Arsenic Removal Plant (ARP) has been designed to be attached to the hand tube well and for the pumped water to pass through two chambers containing activated alumina, which filters out the arsenic.

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9 Dug Well - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 1 ns 31)

Prior to the advent of the hand tube well for generations communities replied on surface water, now the experts are looking at methods of providing these same communities – surface water.

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10 Village Raiwater Harvesting - (Bangladesh Aresenic Box 4 File 7 8ns 17)

Prior to the advent of the hand tube well for generations communities replied on surface water, now the experts are looking at methods of providing these same communities – surface water including raiwater harvesting.

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11 Village Rainwater Harvesting Tank - (Bangladesh Arsenic Box 4 File 7 8ns 34)

Prior to the advent of the hand tube well for generations communities replied on surface water, now the experts are looking at methods of providing these same communities – surface water including raiwater harvesting.

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12 Crop Irregation How Safe - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 5 ns 14)

For farmers, these new wells were a godsend. Not only could they gain access to ‘safe’ drinking water, but they could also now irrigate their crops as and when they wished. But -

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13 Rice - how safe. - ( Bangladesh Rural Village Box 4 File 7 ns 8 31)

‘Our research indicates that the uptake of arsenic via food consumption is a serious concern, especially for people with a diet that’s high in rice’.

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14 Rice Crop - how safe. - (Bangladesh Rural Village Box 4 File 7 ns 8 33)

Research reveals that certain crops, particularly rice, grown in an arsenic contaminated environment can contain higher than acceptable levels of arsenic.

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16 Hand Tube Well Sand Island Family How Safe - (India Bhagalpur Box 4 File 6 7ns 20)

Many of the people affected by this ‘mass poisoning’ and who have come to rely on the hand tube well for their daily drinking water supply not only live in some of the most densely populated regions of the world they are also some of the most impoverished. With so many families trying to survive on less than half a US dollar a day.

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17 Hand Tube Well How Safe - ( India Bhagalpur Box 4 File 6 7ns 25)

For generations the people of the Indian subcontinent and other developing countries, particularly rural dwellers, relied on surface water for their daily water supply such as from dug wells, rivers, lakes or ponds. Then came the Hand Tube Well revolution -

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18 Signs of Arsonicosis - (India Arsonic West Bengal Box4 File 7 6 ns 20)

Arsenic wide distribution in the air and soil. Trace levels can be found in the food and water that we ingest daily. However, it’s generally excreted in our urine, hair, nails and skin without any ill effects. It’s only when we ingest high levels of arsenic and in its inorganic form – that it becomes deadly.

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22 The Palms Sign of Arsenic Poisoning - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 6ns 22)

Skin on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet can become hardened and painful, this is the onset of Keratosis, eventually the skin cracks open.

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23 Keratosis of the Feet - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 2 ns 28)

With ‘no rule of thumb’ to adhere to the medical science associated with arsenic poisoning is also proving to be challenging. ‘Chronic arsenicosis occurs through drinking arsenic contaminated water over a long period of time and a person can be drinking it for many years without realising they are suffering from arsenic poisoning’ Skin on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet can become hardened and painful, this is the onset of Keratosis, eventually the skin cracks open.

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24 Patient arsenicosis Sufferer ulcers removed - (Bangladesh Arsenic Box 4 File 7 6ns 10)

‘Early clinical signs may start to appear insidiously after six months to two years but for chronic arsenicosis it has been found it can take anywhere between five and fifteen years to manifest, even longer in some cases’. As time and toxicity levels increase so other external symptoms start to appear on the limbs such as ulcers

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25 Arsenicosis Sufferer toe removed onset of Gangrene - (Bangladesh Arsenic Box 4 File 7 6ns 11)

‘Early clinical signs may start to appear insidiously after six months to two years but for chronic arsenicosis it has been found it can take anywhere between five and fifteen years to manifest, even longer in some cases’. As time and toxicity levels increase so other external symptoms start to appear on the limbs such as ulcers or gangrene

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26 Arsenic Sufferer Ulcers Removed - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 1 ns 29)

‘Early clinical signs may start to appear insidiously after six months to two years but for chronic arsenicosis it has been found it can take anywhere between five and fifteen years to manifest, even longer in some cases’. As time and toxicity levels increase so other external symptoms start to appear on the limbs such as ulcers or gangrene. ‘It does not stop there either as chronic arsenicosis also affects many internal organs including cancer of the lungs, bladder and kidney. It also affects the blood system as well as the reproductive system’.

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27 Another Death, Cremation by the Ganga - (India Box 1 File 4 11ns 36)

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28 Revered Ganga - (India River Lifestyle special. Box 4 File 4 m1 16)

The most revered river in the world and the one at the epicentre of the 'worlds biggest mass poisoning of humans.'

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29 What Will Tomorrow Bring - (India Bhagalpur Box 4 File 6 8 ns 20)

The risk of exposure to arsenic poisoning has now become global and no longer just confined to millions of people on the Indian subcontinent exposed to drinking groundwater contaminated with high levels of arsenic -

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30 The Next Generation - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 ns 2 36)

Neither the young or old are immune to arsenic poisoning.

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8 Arsenic Removal Plant Water How Safe - (India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 File 7 6 ns 4)

The Arsenic Removal Plant (ARP) has been designed to be attached to the hand tube well and for the pumped water to pass through two chambers containing activated alumina, which filters out the arsenic.

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Harvested Crops Sun Dry Lifestyle Bangladesh Box File 3 7ns 4 Village life crops how safe

Arsenic is taken up by a variety crops particularly rice

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Crops Harvested Rural Lifestyle Bangladesh Box File 3 9ns 10 village rice crop how safe

Some of the world’s poorest people live in Asia, and the majority of their income is spent on rice for consumption, their source of food energy.

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Harvesting Time Rural Lifestyle Bangladesh Box File 3 9ns 8 village life rice crop how safe

Rice is the staple food to over half the population of the world but how safe is it

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Drying In The Sunlight Rural Lifestyle Bangladesh Box File 3 7ns 35 Village life rice crops how safe

It is considered that the average Asian will consume approximately 150kg of rice annually.

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Crops How Safe From Arsenic Rural Lifestyle India_DSC0071

At first it was thought that exposure to arsenic poisoning only came from ‘drinking’ the contaminated groundwater. But now it has become apparent that crops, particularly rice raised on arsenic contaminated soils take up levels of arsenic detrimental to human health. Thus making the threat to human health global.

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Tube Well And Crops How Safe Are They Rural Lifestyle India Bihar_DSC0049

At first it was thought that exposure to arsenic poisoning only came from ‘drinking’ the contaminated groundwater via tube wells. But now it has become apparent that crops, particularly rice raised on arsenic contaminated soils take up levels of arsenic detrimental to human health.

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How Safe The Soil India Rural Lifestyle India Arsenic West Bengal Box 4 file 7 ns 5 4 Ox and Man Plouhging the Field

Crops can take up arsenic which are grown on arsenic contaminated soil

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How Safe The Human Race Rural L India Box 1 File 4 7ns 28 Bihar Bhagalpur Ganga sand island faming family how safe

Millions of men women and children are exposed to arsenic poisoning from consuming their staple diet rice. Now a global concern.

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Threshing the crops Rural Lifestyle Bangladesh Box File 3 9ns 9 village life farmers rice crop how safe

More countries particularly throughout SE Asia are discovering elevated levels of arsenic contaminating their groundwater, and with research now indicating that rice is highly susceptible to the uptake of arsenic the threat to human health and wellbeing has become global.

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Rural Village Scene Rural Lifestyle India Bihar village life_DSC0023

Some of the world’s poorest people live in Asia, and the majority of their income is spent on rice for consumption, their source of food energy.

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Buffalo and Cows Great Providers Rural Lifestyle India Bihar Village Scene_DSC0013

For rural communities buffalo and cows are great providers including dung for fuel, but how safe is it when rice straw which can have elevated levels of inorganic arsenic and is used as fodder. Thus exposing people to inhale toxic fumes.

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Making Cakes Rural Lifestyle India Box 4 File 6 Bag ns3 12 Village life making buffalo cakes dung and straw for fuel

Buffalo and cows fed fodder made from rice straw may contain elevated levels of inorganic arsenic possibly affecting milk and dung used for fuel

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Buffalo Dung Stack Rural Lifestyle India Box 4 File 6 ns2 36 Narora dung fuel fire

Buffalo and cows fed fodder made from rice straw may contain elevated levels of inorganic arsenic possibly affecting milk and dung used for fuel

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Rural Lifestyle India Bihar Village Life children at work preparing buffalo dung cakes for fuel_DSC0022

Rice Straw used as cattle fodder may contain elevated levels of arsenic. When mixed with buffalo dung and used for fuel people could be exposed to the toxic fumes

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Cakes How Safe Rural Lifestyle India Bihar Box 4 File 6 ns2 E Narora Village life buffalo cow dung drying

Rice Straw used as cattle fodder may contain elevated levels of arsenic. When mixed with buffalo dung and used for fuel people could be exposed by inhaling the toxic fumes.

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Dung Cakes Drying Rural Lifestyle India Bihar _DSC0053

Arsenic laced air pollution from buffalo dung mixed with rice straw when used as fuel.

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Hand In The Dung Rural Lifestyle India Bihar Village life dung for fuel drying Generic_DSC0277

Exposure to arsenic poisoning from air pollution Buffalo and cow dung mixed with rice straw used for fuel

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Fueling The Stove How Safe Rural Lifestyle India Bihar Rice Straw For Fodder to Fuel _DSC0167

Village lifestyle rice straw for fuelling the cooking stove Fumes inhaled could contain elevated levels of arsenic

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Rice - How Safe A Global Concern Vendors India Box 3 File 2 m10 6 Food Rice

“Our research indicates that the uptake of arsenic, a chronic human carcinogen, is a serious concern especially for those people with a high rice diet.” It is a global concern.

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