Where is the lake in Bangalore
"And now it's snowing," writes a user on Twitter. Unless unusual, he wouldn't include a picture from Bangalore. The city of four million people is located in the south of India - in a tropical area. Thick white foam flies over streets and paths there.
The "snow" comes from Bellandur Lake, the largest lake in Bangalore. It's so toxic that it's not uncommon for the body of water to foam and even burn. Eyewitnesses describe images like something out of a horror film.
Poison foam overflows the bank
For decades, chemicals from industry have been discharged unfiltered into the water. The lake now contains a worryingly high amount of ammonia and phosphates. As if that weren't enough, urban sewage has also been channeled into Lake Bellandur, which is around 36 square kilometers in size, for years.
As soon as it rains heavily, the lake produces white, highly toxic foam, which lays on the adjacent streets and residential areas near the shore and extremely smells.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg"
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From time to time it also happens that the poison foam starts to burn. The oils, lubricants and other substances carried into the water make the toxic mixture extremely flammable.
A local resident who lives just 30 meters from the shore of the lake said New Indian Expressthat the foam becomes more than a meter high when it rains. Scientists fear serious consequences for the population in Bangalore. The toxic foam irritates the mucous membranes and eyes, causes severe itching and rashes on contact with the skin and contaminates residential areas and nature.
Environmental activists warn of the deadly consequences of this particularly severe pollution. "We have to act immediately, otherwise it will soon be too late. The tragic thing is, the fires and the poison foam are just the tip of the iceberg," said Nagesh Aras LA Times. The situation at Lake Bellandur has long since gotten out of control.
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