Monday, March 26, 2007

Ganga and indus rivers are fast dying

Ganga and Indus are among the top ten rivers in the world that are fast dying as a result of over extraction, climate change, pollution and dams, WWF-India has warned.In a report 'World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk' released on the eve of the World Water Day on March 22, the global conservation organisation listed top ten rivers around the world that were fast drying up.Two of the ten rivers -- Ganga and Indus -- were in the Indian subcontinent, which were severely impacted by over extraction and climate change respectively, the report said.Ganga, which flows from India into Bangladesh, was facing serious threat owing to increased water withdrawals. In India, barrages control all of the tributaries to Ganga and divert roughly 60 per cent of river flow to large scale irrigation, it

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