Rivers are among one of the powerful forces of nature which provides fresh water and food to people. Many advanced human civilizations of the world that we all know, have been originated and flourished on the banks of rivers. Apart from being a grace, as a means of livelihood to large number of people, rivers also helps us in trade and transportation.
But, have you ever thought what we are giving in return to these major ‘source of life’? As being humans we too are responsible for destroying and polluting the rivers to great extent that it has become impossible for us to use them for our own needs. We don’t realize that if this destruction continues, then our future generation will suffer lot of health problems and there will be scarcity of water everywhere because of the most polluted rivers in the world. The industrial and household wastes are directly channeled into the rivers through drainage systems. This polluted river water is hampering the survival of marine creatures, killing half of them and leading to severe health issues faced by humans when consuming such water.
Most Polluted Rivers In The World
Here is a list of 10 most polluted rivers around the world, but still many people are consuming water of these rivers as no other choice is left.
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The great Jordan River holds religious significance The River is bordered by the state of Israel. In 1964, Israelis tried to build a huge dam on the river. As a result, ecosystem got disturbed and water is now contaminated by huge amount of sewage and wastes releasing a foul smell.
One of the main drinking sources; useful in trade and transportation purposes ‘Buriganga River’ is one of the most polluted rivers in the world flowing in Bangladesh. The chemical wastes from factories, home wastes, plastics, sewage, dead animals and oil are major Bariganga’s pollutants.
The Hindus consider the Ganges as the most sacred river in India. Despite being the third largest river in the world, the river acquires numerous pollutants ranging from household garbage to industrial wastes and toxic substances leading to various water bone diseases.
The Mississippi river valley is one of the most fertile agricultural areas of North America’s largest drainage system. Today, the region that surrounds near the mouth of the river is called as the ‘Dead Zone’ because of the harmful algae growing in this polluted river and it’s full of poisonous chemicals such as – nitrates and benzene.
One can easily find plastic bottles, rubber gloves and garbage floating on the surface of the Citarum river flowing through the Indonesia province of West Java. The river is so densely covered with solid wastes that one can’t even see the water. Hence, resulting in disturbance of ecosystem.
The second most polluted river in India after Ganges ‘Yamuna River’ is now deeply affected by pollution as million of household garbage, agricultural raw-off, poisonous insecticides, pesticides and municipal disposal find their way into the river every day.
Mantanza – Riachuelo River
One of the most polluted rivers in the world ‘Mantanza-Riachuelo’ originates from the capital city of Argentina and ends into Rio-de-la-Plata. It’s filled with toxic substances released from household wastes and petroleum companies contributing to water pollution are discharging chemical wastes.
The yellow river is the second longest river in Asia, China. It’s called ‘yellow’ because of the muddy water and tons of industrial wastes and sewages dumped into the water leading to water bone diseases and contributing a lot in spreading of cancer disease.
The main reason why this water body is treated as the most polluted river in the whole of Europe is because of the dumping of all the industrial and agricultural wastes leading to frequent floods and mudslides.
The Marilao River flows through the Bulacan Province of Philippines and empties in Manila Bay. The major sources for polluting this river are – gold refineries, industrial wastes, rubber slippers, household garbage and municipal dumps.
We all should feel ashamed of ourselves that most polluted rivers in the world that are important source of food and water are being polluted and contaminated. So, we all must join our hands to protect the rivers from further being polluted and depleted.