Pollution in Bangladesh
Leather processing zone in Dhaka's Hazaribagh neighbourhood must be one of the most polluted area in Bangladesh. To keep production cost low, informal industries that make glue from waste leather, burn everything for processing, including tires, plastics, papers, as well as leather waste.
Most industries based in urban area in Bangladesh pollute environment but leather tanneries probably do the worst damage. Hazaribagh, Dhaka's leather processing zone, is right in the middle of one of the most densely populated residential area. About 194 leather processing industries operate here and freely dump untreated toxic wastes directly to the low-lying areas, river and natural canals. The pollution is seriously affecting the livelihood thousands of people, bringing it to brink of an environmental disaster.
© UNICEF/BANA2007-00145/Shehzad Noorani