Drone video shows the alarming pollutedness of India’s sacred river

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The four-day-long festival dedicated to the sun deity Surya is celebrated every year in November.

The Hindu festival of Chhath Puja involves fasting and making offerings to the sun god while standing in the water. Many worshippers in northern India celebrate the festival at the sacred Yamuna River.

A new drone footage of the worshippers in the river highlights how heavily polluted the Yamuna River is. The video shows dense, toxic foam floating on the river. According to authorities, the toxic foam poses a significant threat to worshippers as it can cause serious skin irritation and serious gastrointestinal and neurological damage.

The pollution of the Yamuna River is not new; however, the drone video shows the seriousness of the pollution and can send a message to the Indian government to take urgent environmental measures.


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