Toxic Foam Floats Atop Yamuna River During Ritual Bathing Period

Delhi’s government attempted to remove toxic foam from the surface of the Yamuna River on November 10, during the Chhath Puja religious festival that sees locals conduct ritual bathing in the waterway, the Hindustan Times reported.

According to the local reports, a layer of foam on the river was caused in part by industrial pollution along its banks. Visuals of religious devotees bathing in toxic bubbles has created embarrassment for local officials, and bickering over who is to blame for soiling the river, which runs through several states.

This video, taken on Tuesday from the Delhi side of the New Yamuna Bridge, which connects the state to Uttar Pradesh, shows a layer of white material on the surface of the river. Local officials said they were employing boats, spraying water, and erecting barriers to try to ameliorate pollution levels. Credit: GN Jha via Storyful

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