A Bangladeshi woman collects water from a river in Dhaka. The advent of tube wells appeared to have given rural Bangladeshis a source of clean water, but there was a major drawback - arsenic. Photo: AFP

How Bangladesh is drinking itself to death

An attempt to provide clean drinking water has led to the arsenic-induced deaths of tens of thousands every year – turning what should have been a development success story into the ‘largest mass poisoning in history’

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A Bangladeshi woman collects water from a river in Dhaka. The advent of tube wells appeared to have given rural Bangladeshis a source of clean water, but there was a major drawback - arsenic. Photo: AFP
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