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Devotees stand in toxic foam in Delhi’s Yamuna for prayers

Even as Delhi faces a severe dip in its air quality, thousands of devotees waded through a polluted Yamuna river…

By Jenny Scordamaglia , in India , at November 4, 2019 Tags: , , ,

Even as Delhi faces a severe dip in its air quality, thousands of devotees waded through a polluted Yamuna river to offer prayers to the rising sun as part of the annual Chhath Puja.

On a day Delhi observed its air quality dip to a 3-300 and sixty five days low, thousands of devotees supplied prayers along the banks of the Yamuna river to brand the tip of Chhath Puja. Early Sunday morning, men in dhoti and women in saree stepped into the river water with toxic, white foam floating on the skin of the polluted water.

The devotees – braving the perilous air pollution and rain – were viewed nearly knee-deep in the froth that appears luxuriate in sweet-floss. They carried choices of vegetation, recent fruits and thoroughly different items to build the Chhath prayers.

The devotees, on the opposite hand, were did now not fetch a full glimpse of the rising solar due to thick smog covering the skyline of Delhi.

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Yamuna, the principle provide of water for Delhi, is without doubt one of many most polluted rivers in the country. (PTI)

Some younger ladies were even viewed taking selfies, standing at some level of the pungent foam.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari additionally took fraction in the Chhath Puja prayers or “Arghya” to the solar god early Sunday morning.

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The Delhi govt had repute up over 1,100 ghats along the Yamuna and thoroughly different places for for Chhath Puja.

On Sunday, air pollution ranges peaked to a 3-300 and sixty five days excessive that made respiratory advanced and reduced visibility that affected road and air visitors. Mr Kejriwal known as the scenario “unbearable” and said the folk of Delhi were suffering for “no fault of theirs”. Colleges in Delhi, Noida,Gurgaon and Faridabad are shut except Tuesday.

The Delhi govt had repute up over 1,100 ghats along the Yamuna apart from to in parks and thoroughly different public places all around the metropolis for Chhath Puja.

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Some ladies viewed taking selfies, standing at some level of the pungent foam on the skin of Yamuna.

Yamuna, the principle provide of water for Delhi, is without doubt one of many most polluted rivers in the country. Nineteen drains in the capital waft into the river contributing 96 per cent on the full pollutants in Yamuna.

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Chhath Puja, dedicated to the solar god, is famed on the sixth day in Kartik month of the Hindu calendar.

Right five per cent of the sewage that is discharged into the river is handled, posing a extreme properly being hazard.

(With inputs from PTI)

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