Statistics of Arsenic Calamity
and
Available Data

 
 

Total Number of districts in Bangladesh
:
64
Total Area of Bangladesh
:
148,393 km2
Total Population of Bangladesh
:
120 million
GDP per capita (1998)
:
US$ 260
WHO arsenic drinking water standard
:
0.01 ppm
Maximum permissible limit of arsenic in drinking water of Bangladesh
:
0.05 ppm
Number of districts surveyed for arsenic contamination 
:
64
Number of districts having arsenic above maximum permissible limit 
:
59
Area of affected 59 districts
:
126,134 km2
Population at risk of the affected districts
:
75 million
Potentially exposed population
:
24 million
Number of patients suffering from arsenicosis
:
7,600
Total number of tubewells in Bangladesh
:
4 million
Total number of affected tubewells
:
1.12 million

Source: BBS, Dhaka Community Hospital, NIPSOM, DPHE.



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