The poisoning of the Ganges
India's holy river emerges from the Himalayas crystal clear. By its end, it's filled with industrial sludge, human waste, and decomposing corpses.
The Ganges from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi, India.
A Hindu priest performs evening prayers on the banks of the river in Devprayag, India.
A Hindu pilgrim dips herself into the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, India.
A damaged idol of Hindu goddess Kali floats in the Ganges in Haridwar, India.
A pile of garbage along the river in Mirzapur, India.
A portion of the river that has turned red from pollution in Kanpur, India.
Untreated foaming sewage flows from an open drain into the river in Mirzapur, India.
A man cleans garbage along the banks of the river in Kolkata, India.
Relatives immerse a body in the river prior to cremation in Varanasi, India.
An employee works inside a leather tannery near the river in Kanpur, India, in July 2017.
Chemical-soaked leather pieces dry near the banks of the river.
A man washes himself in the river in Varanasi, India.
Hindu devotees gather to worship in the Ganges in Patna, India.
A Hindu woman carries water from the Ganges in Kolkata, India.