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INDIA: SWEET WATER-A MIRACLE OR MENACE?

September 4 2006
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INDIA: SWEET WATER-A MIRACLE OR MENACE?

September 4 2006

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INDIA: SWEET WATER-A MIRACLE OR MENACE?

Throngs of people rushed to Mahim beach in Mumbai last weekend to drink its normally brackish water. Reports that it had suddenly turned sweet brought thousands to consume the putative holy water. Officials have no explanation yet why the water is suddenly sweet, but they’ve warned the faithful not to drink it: a nearby river carries thousands of tonnes of industrial wastes and sewage. Yet strangely, there have been no reports of illness.