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a dhobi washing clothes on the ghats of Ganga river, Varanasi.

apart from holy dips as a sacred practice, kids also love to swim in this river.. in a country where practically everything in nature is venerated, the Ganga river is the most holy one. no wonder though, her mighty course from the mountains to the sea creates a river basin 200 to 400 miles wide that supports nearly half a billion people..

the tremendous life that the Ganges supports is also the source of one of the major pollutions in India.. the majority of the Ganges’ pollution is organic: waste—sewage, trash, food, human and animal remains. imagine; the revealed fecal-coliform counts of about 50,000 bacteria per 100 milliliters of water which is 10,000 times higher than a standart limit for a safe bath!! ;o) the result is an array of water-borne diseases including cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, dysentery, etc. roughly 80% of all health problems and one-third of deaths in India are attributable to water-borne diseases.

i also believe that Indians' immunity is more resistant to local diseases than ours. if i'd have taken a holy bath here, i'd have been "holy" immediately! ;o)

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