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Central Asia in peril

Communities face appalling health problems. In Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, drinking water is saline and polluted, with a high content of metals that causes a range of diseases. Over the past 15 years there has been a thirty-fold increase in chronic bronchitis and in kidney and liver diseases, especially cancer and arthritic diseases have increased sixty-fold. The infant mortality rate is one of the world's highest.

Year: 2007

From collection: Environment and Poverty Times #1: WSSD issue

Cartographer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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