Published: Sunday 15 October 2000

More than half the population of Bangladesh is facing a threat of arsenic poisoning from drinking contaminated water. Health experts are terming it as "the largest mass poisoning in world history." According to Allan Smith, epidemiology professor at the Berkeley-based University of California, around 125 million Bangladeshis are exposed to naturally occurring arsenic in water supplies, which will eventually lead to an epidemic of cancers and other fatal diseases.

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