Arsenic-polluted water linked to cancer in India

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  • About 10 million people in Bihar, India, suffer from arsenic poisoning
  • This is caused by contaminated drinking water
  • Up to 17 districts have groundwater with arsenic concentration above the permissible limit

(CNN)Millions of people in Bihar, India, are showing symptoms of arsenic poisoning, which can be linked to cancer, due to consumption of contaminated drinking water.

The symptoms arise after many years of exposure, say experts.
    The state of Bihar, in eastern India, is one of the country's most impoverished states. More than 10 million people in the state are estimated to be threatened with arsenic poisoning or arsenicosis from contaminated groundwater.