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Thousands Pray In River Packed With Toxic Foam

Shocking photos show thousands of people praying in a river near Delhi polluted with toxic foam.
Yamuna River, which provides drinking water to the city’s nearly 20 million residents was filled with toxic foam, caused partly by high ammonia levels emanating from industrial pollutants.

toxic FOAM river

Individuals pose for pictures as they stand in the foam covering the polluted Yamuna river on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India.

toxic FOAM river

toxic FOAM river

Praying in rivers is common in India and in the photos of people striding into the Yamuna river, worshippers were marking a Puja festival.

toxic FOAM river

‘The water is absolutely black in color,’ said Hari Lal, a New Delhi resident who was on the river bank Wednesday.

‘The water is all chemical.’

Kujan Sahani, a worker from eastern Bihar state, complained that his nose and eyes burned and he was feeling breathing difficulties.

Conservation campaigners say many rivers across India have become dirtier as the country’s economy progresses, with city sewage, farming pesticides, and industrial effluents freely flowing into waterways despite laws against polluting.

toxic FOAM river

Conservational activists say many rivers across India have become dirtier as the country’s economy develops.

The shift was pushed by a 2009 policy change intended to save groundwater, which bars farmers from transplanting paddy seedlings until the middle of June, instead of a previous date of mid-May.

toxic FOAM river

India wasn’t the only nation to be affected by the toxic foam phenomenon, with the substance taking over parts of the East Flood Canal, Marunda, North Jakarta.

The reason for the foam on the East Flood Canal in Marunda, North Jakarta is unknown.

toxic FOAM river

toxic FOAM river

toxic FOAM river

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