Drinking polluted waterThis boy drank water near a polluted stream in Fuyuan country, Yunnan province. This photo was taken on March 20, 2009, just two days before the Water World Day that is observed on March 22. According to Project Partner, having 360 million people struggling with the poverty crisis, about 95 million people in rural China still lack access to clean water and about 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Because of this, over 6 million losses of lives are reported due to water-borne diseases and disasters. All of these happen due to political and socioeconomic challenges that the country and its people continue to deal with in the present.
Rowing through the algae pollutionIt may look like a masterpiece of Van Gogh but according to Avax News, it is actually real-life fishermen rowing their boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui Province on June 19, 2009. Water pollution in China is a no-shocker. China’s water supplies have gotten so degraded, especially since half of its rivers and lakes are extremely filthy and polluted. China has already invested about $7.4 billion for the construction of the water treatments for the country’s eight rivers, which include the Chaohu Lake. China’s goal is to provide about $850 billion to improve the water supplies in the country and another $170 billion for environmental protection in the next five years, which experts believe may do little to reverse the damage done by decades of pollution and overuse.
Gnat attackAnother disturbing effect of water pollution in China happened at the East Lake of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province on November 27, 2009. According to the The Guardian, a great swarm of gnats, small biting flies or mosquito-like midges, gathered on the railings along the lake. The heavy polluted waters stank of seasonal nutrients that the gnats, Chironomidae, are often attracted to. They appear due to the stench of water pollution and they leave once the temperature drops, which may take a month according to experts. If you think a typical home fly is disturbing, imagine a swarm of flies invading your neighborhood!
The Baby Soup( Due to horrific nature of its image, we decided to not post the actual photo.) The Seoul Times reported that some Chinese people are known to eat babies, shocking the entire world. They consider this to be a delicacy that contains expensive herbs on top of the baby mixed with chicken meat. The Seoul Times added that the folks from the southern province of Canton (Guangdong) are using the “baby herbal soup” (also known locally as “spare rib soup”) to increase overall sexual health, power, and stamina. One local reporter was quoted saying that this problem is caused by the Chinese people taking too much attention to their health as well as the country’s one-child policy.
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