Tannery waste taints Dhaleshwari

Minhaz Uddin was one of over a thousand fishermen who earned a living by fishing in a five-kilometre stretch of the Dhaleshwari river, from Fulbaria to Vakurta downstream. But ever since the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate started dumping effluents into the river in mid-2016, they had to gradually leave the profession as they were not getting any fish there. Minhaz, 36, now works at a project for Rohingyas at Noakhali’s Bhasan Char.