Waterborne Diseases

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Diseases caused by consuming water that contains harmful microorganisms, biotoxins, or toxic contaminants. Examples include cholera, schistosomiasis, and other gastrointestinal problems. Waterborne diseases are often the result of unsafe sanitation practices or a breakdown in infrastructure that can be a result of or exacerbated by various natural hazards, such as flood or drought.

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River water is part of life in Bangladesh and when contaminated it can spread cholera.