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In photos: India’s environmental woes that we could care more about

Priyanka Chharia | Updated on: 5 June 2017, 18:26 IST
Indian protesters wearing protective masks take part in a rally urging immediate action to curb air pollution in New Delhi on November 6, 2016. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

In India, the only time most citizens express concerns over the environment is the day after Diwali, when it becomes difficult to breathe or step out of the house. That’s probably the time when an average Indian would exclaim: “Oh my god, what happened to the environment!”

However, there are more pressing environmental issues that the country faces that many have no clue about. From a depleting ground water table and melting glaciers to receding forest cover and intense heat waves, India is on an ecological time bomb.

On World Environment Day, here is a collection of photographs from across the country that highlight its most urgent environmental problems.

Indian residents sit around a fire to keep warm on a cold foggy morning in Amritsar on December 24, 2016. Seasonal heavy fog and cold weather has disturbed train, bus and air schedules in northern India as temperatures dipped towards freezing. (NARINDER NANU / AFP)
Indian protesters wearing protective masks take part in a rally urging immediate action to curb air pollution in New Delhi on November 6, 2016. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)
Locals scavenge for the remains of Goddess Durga idols after the immersion in the River Yamuna near ISBT, on October 12, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Hundreds of Durga idols immersed at around seven Yamuna ghats across the national capital are set to increase the pollution level in the river. Authorities are trying to ensure that non- biodegradable items do not make it to the already polluted river. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will analyse the impact of the immersions on Yamuna’s toxic and foamy water by resorting to pre and post water quality check. (Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A large amount of foam formed at the banks of river Yamuna, on July 12, 2015 in Noida, India. Yamuna in Delhi is almost dead with water not suitable for even bathing at most places, leave along supporting aquatic life. It is mainly due to high ammonia level emanating from high discharge of industrial pollutants in the river. (Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
An elephant is used to move teak trees in South Kerala, India. (Soltan Frédéric/Sygma via Getty Images)
A farmer at cracked land looking to the sky hoping for monsoon rain on a hot summer in Allahabad. (Ravi Prakash/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A column of waste water from a sewage pipe flows into the already filthy water of Yamuna River on July 13, 2010 in Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi, India. (Shariq Allaqaband/ Barcroft India / Getty Images)
First published: 5 June 2017, 18:26 IST
 
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