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    Arsenic Threatens Water Supply for 60 Million in Pakistan

    It’s worse than expected. A new study suggests that as many as 60 million people are at risk from arsenic-contaminated groundwater in Pakistan, with hotspots in Lahore and Hyderabad. Using the latest data gathered from nearly 1,200 wells, the study illustrated a risk map that shows two-thirds of water sources with apparent arsenic concentrations of at least five times the World Health Organization limit of 10 micrograms per liter. Researchers hope the new data will encourage officials to dig deeper wells or invest in purification systems.

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