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Arsenic Problem in West Bengal

Arsenic contamination of ground water has been reported from Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, North & South 24 Parganas, Barddhaman, Hugly, Howrah and Kolkata. Seventy nine blocks of nine districts of West Bengal are affected with the arsenic problem. It is suspected that 6 million people are exposed to arsenic contaminated water (>50g/l) (IARC 2004). Earliest report of arsenic related health problem in West Bengal has been published from School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata.

Since July 1983 to early 1984 Arsenicosis cases diagnosed at OPD of School of Tropical Medicine
 1.  Gangpur village, Barasat, North 24-Parganas  6 cases
 2.  Ramnagar, Baruipur, South 24-Parganas  5 cases
 3.  Kankpul, Ashoknagar, North 24-Parganas  2 cases
 4.  Char Majdia, Nadia  2 cases
 5.  Madra, Burdwan  3 cases
   Total :  18 cases
 127 cases of arsenicosis were subsequently detected by house survey of those areas.
Map of West Bengal showing area affected by arsenicosis (1988)
Current (2008)Map of Arsenic affected areas of West Bengal
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