The Ganges is polluted by chemical wastes, sewage and the remains of human and animal corpses. With few environmental protection laws and a high surrounding population, the Ganges has become the primary dumping ground for many different types of wastes.
The Ganges River contains chemical wastes, sewage and even the remains of human and animal corpses which carry major health risks because of the enormous number of people in India who either swim in or drink the water of the river. India’s leather industry factories are also close to parts of the river, which results in some of the chemical pollution and is why cows can often be seen wading through the river. American researchers have found that the mix of pollutants in the river have turned it into a place where new pathogens can form, meaning it’s literally a breeding ground of disease.
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