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Prolonged suffering: Khyber Agency village suffers from waterborne diseases
PESHAWAR: Residents of Sher Berje village in Mullagori, tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency are suffering from waterborne diseases caused by high quantities of fluoride in drinking water. “After the water was tested by a laboratory a doctor advised us that the water is not safe for human consumption,” said resident Azizullah Khan. Most of the […]Pakistan
Hydrogen fluoride damage to vegetation from peri-urban brick kilns in Asia: a growing but unrecognised problem?
Highlights Demand for bricks is increasing in many parts of Asia. Fluoride emissions from brick kilns may pose a threat to peri-urban agriculture. We found extensive injury to fruit orchards close to brick kilns in Peshawar. Local farmers suffered large economic losses but did not identify brick kilns as a cause of this. The extent […]Pakistan Brick Kilns
Pakistan: Brick kiln emissions affect crop yields, study finds
ISLAMABAD] – Hydrogen fluoride emissions from brick kilns have been found to damage trees and crops in new studies conducted by an international team of scientists in the Peshawar area of northern Pakistan. Peshawar has 450 brick kilns and hydrogen fluoride is also released by factories making aluminium, ceramics, and phosphate fertilisers. Reporting their findings […]Pakistan Brick Kilns
Water contamination in Thar Desert
Fluorosis, a disease caused by high intake of fluoride, is becoming endemic in Tharparkar with more than 250 of the 950 people in Samoon Rind village having developed bone deformities and skeletal and dental fluorosis due to the consumption of groundwater with high levels of fluoride. According to reports, severe drought-like conditions, decreasing water level […]Pakistan
Lithological influences on occurrence of high-fluoride groundwater in Nagar Parkar area, Thar Desert, Pakistan.
Abstract Factors regulating the occurrence of high fluoride (F(-)) concentrations in groundwater near Nagar Parkar Town, SE corner of Pakistan have been investigated considering lithological influences. F(-) ion concentrations in groundwater range up to 7.85 with mean value of 3.33 mg L(-1). Plots of major elements and their normative mineral composition reflect granitic composition of […]Pakistan
Karachi: Mysterious disease strikes children in coastal areas of city
KARACHI: A strange disease has spread in the coastal belt of Karachi paralysing the lower limbs and some times the arms and other body parts of the victims, the majority of whom are children. Earlier, there was an outbreak of a similar disease in Achhro Thar (White Desert) of district Sanghar and other areas of […]Pakistan
Geochemical factors controlling the occurrence of high fluoride groundwater in the Nagar Parkar area, Sindh, Pakistan.
Abstract Fluoride concentrations in groundwater near Nagar Parkar in the Thar Desert of southeastern Pakistan range from 1.13 to 7.85 mg/l, and roughly 78% of the samples contain fluoride in concentrations that exceed the drinking water standard of 1.5mg/l set by WHO. The groundwater is alkaline (pH 7.1-8.4), brackish (TDS 449-15,933 mg/l), and classified as […]Pakistan
Sources of arsenic and fluoride in highly contaminated soils causing groundwater contamination in Punjab, Pakistan.
Abstract Highly contaminated groundwater, with arsenic (As) and fluoride (F(-)) concentrations of up to 2.4 and 22.8 mg/L, respectively, has been traced to anthropogenic inputs to the soil. In the present study, samples collected from the soil surface and sediments from the most heavily polluted area of Punjab were analyzed to determine the F(-) and […]Pakistan
Achhro Thar : Contaminated water kills 17 and paralyzes hundreds
KARACHI: Forty-eight year old Sahanti was lying on the sand inside her traditional Thari hut and her daughter was trying to ease her pain by massaging her head. She has been lying in this position for the last 26 years with lower body paralysis, and experts say that underground supplies of water, contaminated with high […]Pakistan
Toxic fluoride and arsenic contaminated groundwater in the Lahore and Kasur districts, Punjab, Pakistan and possible contaminant sources.
Abstract The present study is the first attempt to put forward possible sources of As, F- and SO4(2-) contaminated groundwater in the Kalalanwala area, Punjab, Pakistan. Five rainwater and 24 groundwater samples from three different depths were analyzed. Shallow groundwater from 24 to 27 m depth contained high F- (2.47-21.1mg/L), while the groundwater samples from […]Pakistan