The Yangtze River in China is the third-largest water body of the world.
People from different parts of the globe visited the country, mainly to watch this river. It used to be beautiful, with no pollution at all.
Lately, however, the Yangtze is a cesspool of filth.
What’s more, nearly half of China’s population depends on its water for drinking and other everyday uses.
However, opting for this river’s water these days is nothing short of a life-threatening choice.
Villagers have to drink the Yangtze’s highly-polluted water.
If they don’t, is the only other option is to buy bottled water.
Sadly, most of the villagers are not financially stable, and factory purified water does not come cheap.
Problems don’t end there as there are tons of factories in these villages.
Most of them contribute towards the pollution that robbed the Yangtze River of its purity.
Therefore, city people call them ”cancer villages,” as several people living there suffer from liver, throat, and stomach related cancers.
Being the third-longest river in the world, The Yangtze supports more than four hundred million people.
It is also arguably the most polluted river as more than sixty percent of the waste products that factories get rid of, ends up adjacent to the ocean and seas.
Most of the plastic present in the trash has lethal consequences for animals too.
Wildlife in The Yangtze’s surrounding areas contains a slew of micro-plastics inside their stomachs, which often causes them to die slowly and painfully.
The Chinese paddlefish, in particular, have been struggling to survive these dire circumstances.
For those who do not know, these creatures have been present for as long as the time of dinosaurs – surviving over two hundred million years.
However, the previous two decades were not as kind for them because of pollution entering their natural habitat.