Hazaribagh's Tanneries Contribute To Its Status As One Of World's Most Polluted Places

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Men and women pull a barrel filled with animal wasted in a leather... News PhotoAdult,Animal,Bangladesh,Dhaka,Dhaka Division,Environmental Damage,Environmental Issues,Full,Horizontal,Human Interest,Leather,Men,Pulling,Residential District,Social Issues,Tannery,WomenPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDHAKA, BANGLADESH - NOVEMBER 11: Men and women pull a barrel filled with animal wasted in a leather tannery, November 11, 2013 in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazaribagh was just listed in a report by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute as the 5th most polluted place on earth. It houses 95% of Bangladesh's leather tanneries, and every day they dump 22,000 cubic liters of toxic waste, including the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, into the capital city's main river and key water supply, the Burgiganga. Most of the laborers work with the hazardous chemicals without any safety precautions, and there have been reports of horrific workplace accidents in the factories. Residents of the neighborhood slums are exposed to the extreme air, water and soil pollution. The tanneries export millions of dollars of leather good around the world, including the US and Europe. (Photo by Getty Images)