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Bangladesh, Dhaka


Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Buriganga River was once used as the main source of water supply for Dhaka’s residents. Due to devastating pollution it now can no longer be used as a source of drinking water or for domestic use.

According to the Department of Environment (DoE), a total of 232 industries are currently dumping waste into the Buriganga River as they have no Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP). The high growing plastic industries in Old Dhaka have destroyed the river.

In the Old Dhaka area over 200 factories manufacturing plastic bags produce over 500-700 tonnes of bags per day.

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Detritus and pollution in the Buriganga river around Dhaka City.
Siddika Sultana

Explains how the river is becoming increasingly polluted.

Dr Shahriar

Says the river is now called the dead river because of all of the pollution.

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Shot on location with the help of the Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO). Learn more on their website.

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