One of the Indian beaches found covered with menacing white foam, that scientists warn it is toxic. India’s most famous beaches in Chennai, on Thursday, created a new pollution hazard for the country for the fourth straight day. However, the warning of the experts could not prevent tourists from enjoying and taking selfies in the clouds of white foam on Marina Beach.
Marina Beach is the largest urban beach in India that attracts thousands of visitors daily. According to sources, the foam repeatedly appears every year when the monsoon rains wash pollution into the sea. The fishermen have been warned to stay out of the water. Children were seen playing and enjoying in the clouds of white suds despite the acrid smell.
The foam may have formed by the mixture of washing detergent residue and other waste, which has turned into a froth by waves and wind. Doctors have strictly warned to stay away from the foam as it can damage the skin causing skin irritation. The Tamil Nadu, Pollution Control Board, said that it is examining the samples from foam.
A scientist at the National Centre for Coastal Research in Chennai, Pravakar Mishra said, "It is definitely not good for people to go into the foam, but they just do not understand the risks."
Mr Mishra further claimed that most of the foam us coming from washing detergent residue that mixes with other waste. The researcher said only 40 per cent of sewage in Chennai and other urban cities get proper treatment. "Pollution is now a bigger threat to India's beaches than the rising seas," said Mishra.
In 2016 and 2017, the pollution level increased so high that thousands of fish were killed that made the authorities concerned. A 30-year-old fisherman stated that he could not sell even a small amount of fish as no one is interested in buying.
"Everyone thinks it is contaminated," he said. "My wage has been cut to next to nothing."
Pollution is a massive problem for India. The poor water sanitation practices and water logging in the rapidly-expanding urban areas have created toxic waterways. According to some experts, the recent heavy rains have carried untreated sewage and phosphate into the sea.
Another strange incident occurred in 2017 when a half-dozen dogs of blue color were spotted in a suburb of Navi Mumbai. Five to six dogs entered the Kasadi River in search of food near an industrial plant that was releasing blue dye directly into the waterway.