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Bangladeshi ferryman Kalu Molla began working on the Buriganga River before the patchwork of slums on its banks gave way to garment factories — and before its waters turned pitch black.

The 52-year-old has a constant cough, allergies and skin rashes, and doctors have told him the vile-smelling sludge that has also wiped out marine life in one of Dhaka’s main waterways is to blame.

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