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Pond Water Brings Relief to India’s ‘Arsenic Belt’

Farm laborer Gostha Das drank contaminated water for years.  That is not unusual for someone living in a village in the middle of eastern India’s arsenic belt, but it still carries real dangers where arsenic-rich groundwater has maimed and killed people since the 1970s. About a decade ago, when he sought medical treatment for lesions on his palms and feet, Das was told he was suffering from arsenicosis, which can cause skin lesions, as well as cancers of the skin, lungs, kidneys...

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