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Drinking Himself to Death

The WHO estimates a staggering 60% of the population of Bangladesh that has to endure unsafe drinking water. The tanneries of Savar near the capital city of Dhaka, released their noxious dyes into rivers and ponds on a daily basis. These untreated industrial effluents, improper disposal of domestic waste and agricultural runoffs are the main contributors regarding water pollution in the country. Death due to water-borne diseases is widespread in Bangladesh, particularly among children. Asif Anwar aged 9, collects water in a plastic bottle from a pond in one of the slums in Dhaka, not realizing the potential danger that lies ahead.

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Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Zon Hisham Zainal Abidin