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Toxic froth pollutes southern Indian river

Published: August 10, 2018

STORY: People in India’s southern Coimbatore city are a worried lot due to the formation of huge volume of froth in a river.

The textile industries located nearby are constantly discharging toxic waste in river Noyal. The river that flows through Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and Karur cities of Tamil Nadu state was one of the main sources of water for farmers in the region. But now with the effluent discharge of toxic waste into the river water, it has become life-threatening for the people.

Locals on Thursday (August 09) urged the government to take necessary steps to curb the rising pollution as pollutants presented in the river were causing several skin diseases and the water body had turned into a safe haven for mosquitoes.

Environmentalists are of the view that India has over 300 sewage treatment plants out of which most are underutilized and poorly positioned. Treated waste is often mixed with untreated sewage and thrown back into rivers. India’s drainage system is also decrepit and in serious need of repair, with more than half of the country’s drains virtually redundant.

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