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Dried Water Hyacinth on Surface Water Catches Fire
In a bizarre turn of events, the ‘dry’ water hyacinth cover on Pashan lake in India caught fire on Monday. While there were no reports of damage to life and property, environmentalists and locals say that the fire is an indication of serious environmental damage done to the lake over the years.

A member of the World Society of Conservation of Wildlife spotted the fire and was able to douse the fire using sticks and water buckets.

The growth of water hyacinth is a sign that pollution levels in the lake have increased as the aquatic plant is often a pollution indicator; showing signs of sewage and solid-bio-wastes being dumped in the lake.


 
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