The Ganga (Ganges) River is
among 45 of the world’s fastest drying rivers, says a study conducted by the
U.S.-based National Center for Atmosphere Research.
Water flow in the Ganga has
shrunk by 20 per cent in the last 56 years and the river may dry up altogether
in the next 50.
The river’s rapid drying up is
attributed to decreased water flow from the Himalayan glaciers, decreased
rainfall over the basin, and excessive human usage.
Such a dramatic change in water
level would seriously affect life in the Ganges Valley in India and Bangladesh.