Shocking Story – When Sea Water in Mumbai and Gujarat Turned “Sweet”

Shocking Story – When Sea Water in Mumbai and Gujarat Turned “Sweet”
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No one can think of drinking sea water as it’s very salty. But here we are sharing a real incident when Sea Water in Mumbai and Gujarat turned sweet.

As mentioned on Wikipedia:

“The 2006 Mumbai “sweet” seawater incident was a strange phenomenon during which residents of Mumbai claimed that the water at Mahim Creek had suddenly turned sweet.

Within hours, residents of Gujarat claimed that seawater at Teethal beach had turned sweet as well. This caused a mass hysteria among people who started coming in large numbers to drink the sea water.

In the aftermath of the incidents, local authorities feared the possibility of a severe outbreak of water-borne diseases, such as gastroenteritis.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board had warned people not to drink the water, but despite this many people had collected it in bottles, even as plastic and rubbish had drifted by on the current.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had ordered a bacteriological report into the “sweet” water, but suspected that “contamination in the water might have been reduced due to the waters from Mithi river flowing into the mouth of Mahim Bay”.

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