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Published December 13, 2019 8:58am

Top 10 most polluted rivers in the world

Currently, water pollution in rivers around the world is becoming very serious. If a few decades ago, rivers were still sacred places, gathering cultural essence, now that image has completely disappeared. Instead, there are a series of rivers that are heavily polluted and cannot even be improved anymore.

1. Yellow River (China)


The water of the Yellow River suddenly turned red because of pollutants poured out by a local textile factory.

2. Cuyahoga River, Ohio (USA)

The Cuyahoga River is famous for its nickname “the burned river.” The Cuyahoga River first burned in 1936 when sparks from a blowtorch ignited debris and grease floating on the river's surface. The fire and Time magazine's description of the river as "oozing instead of flowing" and people "not sinking to death" but "rotting" in the river led to the environmental protection movement in the late 1960s.

3. Buriganga River (Dhaka, Bangladesh)Song-Buriganga

Nearly 4 million people in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, suffer the consequences of polluted water every day. Waste from chemical factories, animal carcasses, plastic bags... make the river increasingly seriously polluted.

4. Ganges River (India)


India's sacred river is dying because of pollution from the country's rapid industrialization process. According to estimates, there are more than 400 million people living along the banks of the Ganges River and every day 2 million people come to the river banks to perform bathing rituals here.

5. Mississippi River (USA)


3,782km long from Lake Itasca, flowing from Minnesota to the Louisiana Delta. At the same time, it is also a place with more than 40% navigation for the United States. Recognizing the importance of this river, Americans built thousands of dams and dikes along the length of the river during the last century to support navigation and flood control.
However, this also prevents sediment from flowing downstream, eroding so rapidly that scientists fear the land near Connectitut will completely disappear.

6. Yamuna River (India)


Nearby industrial zones discharge chemical waste into the Yamuna River, causing the river to be covered with toxic foam. The Yamuna River flows along India, not only a source of water for 57 million people but also a spiritual place for many Hindus. People of all ages bathe and drink the water of the Yamuna River because they believe that the river water will erase their sins.

7. Matanza-Riachuelo River (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


There are about 3.5 million river dwellers on the polluted Matanza-Riachuelo river. Garbage has invaded the riverbed and turned the river into a black creek. According to Argentine newspaper Página/12, a $250 million river cleanup project was approved in 1993, but only $1 million was used to improve the river's pollution levels.

8. Chaohu Lake (China)


Chaohu Lake in Hefei City, Anhui Province, China was attacked by green algae. The Chinese government had to invest nearly 8 billion USD to implement 2,712 projects to improve 8 polluted rivers and lakes across the country.

9. Citarum River (Indonesia)

Citarum is like a mobile landfill, containing toxic chemicals released by factories, pesticides drifting with water from fields and waste dumped by humans.


Serious pollution causes mass fish deaths and people using the water are also infected with many types of diseases. The most horrifying thing is that many households living around this river still use river water every day for washing, bathing, and even cooking.

10. Marilao River (Philippines)

Marilao River is heavily polluted with all kinds of daily household waste. This is also a place for goods circulation for leather tanning, metal refining, and lead casting areas. Therefore, the water source of the Marilao River contains many chemicals that are toxic to human health such as copper and arsenic.

This polluted river causes health problems for residents in the area and beyond, it also harms the fishing industry in Manila Bay.

Faced with the risk of being wiped out, the local government has taken intervention measures, but the Marilao River still receives waste from riverside households every day and hour, and waste from the export processing zone is still illegally dumped into the river. .

Vietnam does not have any polluted rivers in this ranking. However, if businesses still do not pay attention to investing in wastewater monitoring systems before discharging into the environment, then in the future Vietnam is still a strong candidate!


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By Admin Viet An Group

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