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1995. Geological and geochemical background of the arsenic bearing ground water occurrences of West Bengal. , p. 42. , 2001. Seventeen years experience of arsenicosis in West Bengal, India. L. (Eds), Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects IV. Elsevier, New York, pp. 387–395. , 1986. Further studies on chronic arsenical dermatosis. Indian J. , 31, 29 –33. , 1997. Studies on genesis of arsenic in groundwater in parts of West Bengal. Indian Soc. , 24 (3–4), 1–5. , 1999. A review of arsenic poisoning and its effects on human health.

H. Branch, Kolkata, 6–8 March, 2002. R. O. L. J. V. All rights reserved. 25 Chapter 2 Groundwater arsenic contamination in Nepal: a new challenge for water supply sector Roshan R. Shrestha, Mathura P. Shrestha, Narayan P. Upadhyay, Riddhi Pradhan, Rosha Khadka, Arinita Maskey, Sabita Tuladhar, Binod M. Dahal, Sharmila Shrestha and Kabita B. Shrestha Abstract Groundwater is the major drinking water source in the Terai population of southern Nepal where 49% of the total population (23 million) lives.

To date, water samples from about 15,000 tubewells have been tested with 23% of the samples exceeding the World Health Organization guideline of 10 mg/l and 5% of the samples exceeding the “Nepal Interim Arsenic Guideline” of 50 mg/l. 5 million people are exposed to arsenic in drinking water above 50 mg/l. Some recent studies have reported on the accumulation of arsenic in the human body above toxic levels in arsenicexposed areas. Government, national and international non-governmental organizations are well aware of the situation now, but to date, the government has not yet been able to come up with concrete prevention or mitigation plans.

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