Officially, the Indian government has been cleaning the river since 1993. Yet more than one-third of the raw sewage and industrial pollutants that pour into the Yamuna bypass Delhi's 17 wastewater treatment plants.
The river water ordinarily appears to be boiling because of millions of methane bubbles escaping the sludge-lined riverbed. The stench is overwhelming. On the banks, families gather daily to cremate their loved ones and dispose of some of the ashes in the water. It isn't uncommon to see partially charred remains floating in the water. Thousands of homeless bathe in the toxic stew each day, cook with its waters, or simply drink it untreated.
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