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Fate of Arsenic in Belhari Block : Arsenic Affected Endemic Area of Belahri District, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP, INDIA
  • 3 Deptt. of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA,

Res. J. Forensic Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 1-5, February,29 (2015)


This paper presents a study health impact of Arsenic contaminated ground water used for drinking in Rajpur Ekhuna, Haldi, Name Chhapra and Gangapur villages in Belhari development block in Belahri district, situated in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. The study area is located at bank of the river Ganga and it characterized by alluvial fans and alluvial terraces, flood-plain with boulders, gravel, conglomerate, etc. Out of total 50 samples analyzed, 94% had Arsenic above 10 µg/L (WHO provisional guideline value), 34% between 10 and 50 µg/L, 60% above 50 µg/L (Indian standard for Arsenic in drinking water) and 18% above 250 µg/l of Arsenic. It was found that none of the samples were safe according to the WHO guideline value. Arsenic concentration was relatively more in Rajpur Ekhuna and Gangapur than that in other villages. The exposed population is suffering from many Arsenic- related diseases and also from social exclusion due to the menace of diseases.


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