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Ground water in 18 districts has arsenic
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, May 7 – UNICEF has reported arsenic contamination in ground water in 18 districts of Assam and fluoride contamination in five districts.

Based on information from Chief Engineer (PHE) of the State Government, a UNICEF study has found arsenic and fluoride contamination, Minister of State for Water Resources, Vincent H Pala said in a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Naznin Faruque.

The districts affected by arsenic contamination include Baska (44 habitations), Barpeta (119), Bongaigaon (47), Cachar (139), Darrang (105), Dhemaji (43), Dhubri (81), Goalpara (14), Golaghat (278) and Hailakandi (28), Jorhat (364), Karimganj (66), Morigaon (30), North Lakhimpur (54), Nagaon (one), Nalbari (238), Sivasagar (109) and Sonitpur (109).

The five districts affected by flouride contamination include Golaghat (four habitations), Karbi Anglong (140), Kamrup 36), Karimganj (three) and Nagaon (358).

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