The garment and textile industries in Bangladesh have contributed heavily to what experts describe as a water pollution disaster.
Bangladesh’s garment and textile industries have contributed to what experts describe as a water pollution disaster. Many rice paddies are inundated with toxic wastewater, and many waterways are filled with sand and garbage.'
Genda, or Ganda, is a canal-side slum in Savar. Its residents do not use the canal water for cooking or drinking, but its deep well may be affected by the factory wastewater.
Many of Savar’s canals or wetlands are now effectively retention ponds of untreated industrial waste, as environmental regulations are often ignored with impunity by the nation’s powerful garment industry.
Factory wastewater emptying into former farmland at the edge of the Dhaka Export Processing Zone. Bangladesh is environmentally fragile, with a labyrinth of low-lying wetlands leading to the Bay of Bengal.