The Ganges is river that forms the border between India and Bangladesh in Asia. The river is 2525 km long and has its source in the Western Himalayas. The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus and is also a lifeline to millions of people in India (who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs). It is actually worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism.
The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007. Pollution doesn’t only threaten humans, but also more than 140 fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. The Ganges went into flood in the middle of 2013 and thousands of people had to be evacuated along its banks. In Allahabad, India a youth held onto a powerline as the floodwaters which were overflowing river reached his city. Sanjay Kanojia took this photo on the 6th of August 2013. It was published by AFP and Getty Images and has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for today.
Hectic, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that I don’t live near the river Ganges. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know. If you’ve enjoyed reading about this, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is caring.
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