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Arsenic: Looming danger Every survey on arsenic contamination comes out with alarming findings. The current one being  done by ICDDRB, B at Matlab, Chandpur, is not expected to lead to brighter results. In the  survey area all the tube-wells have been found to be red marked, that is forbidden for use as  sources of drinking water. But the people finding no other source of drinking water have to drink  the water from these forbidden sources, knowing full well that it will endanger their health. Under  the   Matlab   research   programme   166,000   persons   aged   five  years   and   above   have   been  screened, among whom a total of 504 people afflicted with arsenicosis have been identified.  According to Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project (BAMSWP) there are about  38,000 arsenicosis patients in 63 out of 64 districts of the country. Most of these patients being 
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