The Wider Image: Living along a 'dead' river in Bangladesh
Mohammad Jahid (R), 47, has iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal of Ramadan, on a boat along with other ferrymen, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 27, 2023. The Buriganga, or the 'Old Ganges', is so polluted that its water appears pitch black, except during the monsoon months, and emits a foul stench through the year. The South Asian nation of nearly 170 million, with about 23 million living in Dhaka, has about 220 small and large rivers and a large chunk of its population depends on rivers for a living and transport. The devastation of areas like Buriganga comes into greater focus in the run-up to Earth Day, when people worldwide celebrate and mobilise in support of protecting the environment. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "HOSSAIN BURIGANGA POLLUTION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.