Bangladesh: minister explains himself helpless

Bangladesh: Minister explains himself helpless

Side arm of Buriganga. Photo: Gilbert Colonko

For more than a decade, environmental protection organizations have pointed out that the flood of Bangladesh is poisoned by the industry

Every day, in the 17-million-inhabitant metropolis of Dhaka, thousands of commuters in a nutshell must create two times over the Pechschwarzen Burigangauss – and even hard-minded power of the accompanying stench. At the weekend, the minister for water affairs Bangladesh has also noticed. On the edge of the publication of a study funded by the WHO on water pollution, Minister A declared. I. Mahmud helpless, given the shocking facts:

The water of the six main fluid Dhakas is actually useful for the industry according to the study – with an oxygen content of almost zero percent. To be silent from living things. Since 78 percent of the water requirement is covered out of groundwater because of the soiled surface water, the groundwater level of the metropolis is so rapid that Dhaka spaded in 20 years of lack of water for people was uninhabitable, nothing should happen, which something else is about to do that.

Bangladesh: Minister explains himself helpless

Supplying for the Buriganga, so that he does not lose his black color. Photo: Gilbert Colonko

Already now the contaminated river for tens of thousands of inhabitants of Dhakas are the only water points – for swimming, washing, cooking. The high court of the country had already instructed in 2008 that the 200 leather barriers of the metropolis, the daily 22.000 liters of chromium-absorbed wastewater in the Buriganga lead, to be relocated. But that’s not happening until today, although 30 kilometers away in Savar, a bands with more modern buildings, for the tanry stands. For this day, another 90 land.000 liters of industrial wastewater unfiltered in the rivers.

Bangladesh: Minister explains himself helpless

Stroms of chromium-sealed wastewater of the tanneries are only due to the neighborhood, then in the Buriganga. Photo: Gilbert Colonko

For almost 20 years, the country has been setting a six percent six percent economic growth and is praised by the IMF as a pre-designer – the European Union is the biggest customer Bangladesh. The popularity of foreign customers have not only achieved with the help of about four million cheap workers of the textile industry alone in Dhaka, but with a culture of cost minimization passing to all environmental and health care.

Bangladesh: Minister explains himself helpless

Factories. Photo: Gilbert Colonko

In hundreds of small corrugated iron factories in the harbor area, workers for a few dollars are traditionally unwanted with chemicals. Simply enter and watch, as in a few work steps and with the help of a ears-requiring loud machine garnish slabs arise when looking for a little chemical dust. In the evening everything is already kept clean on the strain.

What is produced in the harbor bodies, summarizes a businessman who me for one "colleagues" held: "If you do not know what you should invest in, just look what you are too expensive in Germany, or forbidden for environmental requirements." At the shore, battery collector and melt on open fire the zinc from the daily findings. Left and right of coking waste heaps in front of him. A few kilometers further under extreme stench the foul, tanned leather residues to fish food, chicken food and adhesive are processed.

Bangladesh: Minister explains himself helpless

The foul residues of the tanaries are from "family business" recycled. Photo: Gilbert Colonko

NGOs and environmental organizations had long been warned that this type of growth is at the expense of humans and nature – and thus at the expense of the future Bangladesh. But the replenishment of cheap workforters from all areas of the country does not rub off. Already live in the old town of Dhakas up to 135.000 people on a square kilometer. In the rest of the country, it drives the landscape into the city, which develop rapidly quickly to Mini-Dhakas – including factories and black river. There is no surprise that about 20 million people in Bangladesh have access to primarily with arsenic contaminated drinking water.

If it is not traded soon, become the world’s streams of "Economic escape" Even tens of millions of people from Bangladesh come. The burial for a foreclosure could be: "What can we do if you can not keep your river clean". As a rule, such reasons are provided by the same, which repeatedly summoned the same miraculous substance: the increase in economic growth at all price.

The daily value for the fine dust particles, 2.5pm, was on Monday in Dhaka Ubrigen "moderate" 207 micrograms per cubic meter (limit of the WHO 25) – The full winter winter mog with values of 400 are still expected.