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Yamuna River in India fills with toxic foam

source: NDTV

DELHI: India’s river the Yamuna has been filled with white toxic foam floating on it in a huge quantity.

As media reports, the hazardous foam floating on the river near Kalindi Kunj is caused by increased ammonia levels and high phosphate content, a result of industrial pollutant discharge into the river.

Due to this white foam, the water supply in some parts of Delhi was also impacted. Earlier, Delhi was blanketed with toxic smoke ahead of Diwali celebrations in the city. Total 114 tankers were deployed by the government, all over the city to settle the smoke.

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The environment minister Gopal Rai said, “Despite the ban on crackers this time, people engaged in bursting fireworks leading to an increased level of pollution in the city post-Diwali.” He further added, “Crackers are not the only cause behind the worsening air quality in the city incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana actually increased this year on Diwali.”

“As a matter of fact, as many as 3,500 incidents of stubble burning were reported in the neighboring states on Friday, while around 4,000 were reported on Saturday”. He asserted.

Meanwhile, after an increase of toxic smoke in Delhi’s atmosphere doctors in the city have reported a 20 percent increase in the number of patients complaining of respiratory trouble.

Moreover, doctors warned that to complicate matters, the prevalent air pollution levels may adversely impact people who have recovered from Covid-19, as a significant section of these patients may not yet have completely healthy lungs.