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Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 02:55 GMT 03:55 UK

World: South Asia

World Bank pledges aid to help Bangladesh fight arsenic poisoning

The World Bank is to provide thirty million dollars in aid to Bangladesh to combat arsenic contamination in its water supplies.

It's thought that sixty million Bangladeshis could be at risk from contaminated underground water.

The poison occurs naturally in certain sediments and, if taken in sufficient quantities, causes serious skin conditions and breathing difficulties, which can lead to death.

Bangladesh relies heavily on underground wells for its water.

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