Millions in Bengal exposed to pesticide-laden river water and groundwater: Report

Hindustan Times | Feb 15, 2020 at 6:01 AM
  • At least 20 million people in south Bengal, including those living in Kolkata, are potentially exposed to high doses of pesticides, insecticides and other pollutants present in the groundwater and in river Hooghly.
  • The IIT team found in some of the water samples the levels of pesticides such as atrazine and malathion were at least 46 times higher than the permissible limits prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • The four-member research team collected river water samples from 32 locations and groundwater samples from at least 235 locations between 2014 and 2016 from various districts including Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata located across the lower Gangetic river basin that spreads over 21,000 sq km in south Bengal.