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Indonesia scrubbing the ‘world’s dirtiest river’

MAJALAYA, Indonesia: The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river". Supriyadi depends on the Citarum's murky waters - a floating carpet of household rubbish, toxic chemicals and animal feces - to irrigate a small rice plot in West Java that sustains his family of six. The farmer's rice yield is now down by two-thirds in the rainy season as textile factories dump more and more industrial waste into the river. But he has few…

In pictures: Huge kangaroo spotted taking a bath in Perth river

PERTH: An extraordinary mascular kangaroo was spotted taking a bath in Perth river, catching attention of a visitor who snapped the animal. The giant boomer was pictured having a splash in the Boodjidup Creek, in Margaret River - about four hours south of Perth. With its muscles bulging as it stood in the flowing waist-deep water, the majestic creature offered a puzzled expression to its inquisitive onlookers. Multiple photos of the rare event were shared to Facebook on Wednesday and quickly drew many…

Dying “Mother Ganges”: holy river succumbs to pollution

NEW DELHI: India's holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source for 400 million, "Mother Ganga" is dying, despite decades of government efforts to save it. Lokesh Sharma, a 19-year-old priest in Devprayag, a small hill town where two rivers converge to form the Ganges, is his family's…

New Zealand river given status of ‘legal person’

WELLINGTON: A river in New Zealand had been recognized as a ‘legal person’ after the parliament enacted a legislation to make a historic move on Wednesday. Under legislation that combines Western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui river has been formally declared a living entity. ‘(It) will have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person,’ Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said. ‘The approach of granting legal personality to a river is…

WATCH: Residents alarmed as river in Spain turns bright green

MADRID: A river in Spain turned bright green, sparking fears among the residents that it could be contaminated. The authorities were quick to reassure residents the waters had not been infected. The extraordinarily hue evoked memories of the way the Chicago River in the USA is deliberately turbed green every year for St Patrick's Day. The river began to change colour at its source in Andorra before spreading downstream to the Catalonia region of Spain last week. Seu d’Urgell mayor Albert Batalla said the…