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Arsenic contaminated water

Arsenic is a natural element found on earth as it is usually called the “king of poisons” and the “poison of kings” which is released both from certain human activities and naturally from the Earth’s crust. Arsenic ranks 12th in abundance in the earth’s crust, 14th in the sea water. It can exist in both inorganic and organic forms; inorganic arsenic is considered more toxic. Humans exposed to arsenic mainly through food and water, particularly in areas where the ground water is in contact with arsenic containing minerals.

Women across world spend 200m hours every day collecting water: Unicef

Women and girls across the world collectively spend about 200 million hours every day collecting water which is a “colossal waste” of their valuable time, the UN children’s agency has said of the activity which is a daily routine for millions of girls in India.

As World Water week began on Monday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) highlighted the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours – or more than 22,800 years – every day collecting this vital resource.

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