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Most Kerala rivers polluted, finds study


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A recent study has found that most rivers of Kerala are polluted with various kinds of noxious waste. The pollution tests were conducted under the joint auspices of the World Malayali Council and the science and technology wing of Labour India.

The studies conducted in the 44 rivers of the State in the month of November indicated that most of the rivers were "polluted generally and the majority at an alarming level.

The tests were carried out using the water monitoring kit supplied by the World Water Analysis Federation of the U.S.

A report prepared on the basis of studies has been submitted to the State government. The survey was conducted at a time when most of the rivers were having good water flow and a large portion of the pollutants might have been washed away. The council plans to repeat the tests later when the water level recedes..

The Panamaram, a tributary of the Kabani river and the Mayyazhi river were found to be the most polluted rivers in the State with the presence of chemical and biological pollutants. Refuse from slaughterhouses and hospitals were also reaching into Panamaram. Insecticides, chemical fertilizers and other pollutants were also finding their way into the rivers. Fish death and fall in the fish population were also reported from here, the study said.

Source: The Hindu

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