MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sat, 10 Dec 2022 05:30:54 +0000 Nepal's holy river choked with sewage, trash http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/e75c20de64cf456fb2d645603c1e85a1 High on a mountain in the Himalayas, the pristine headwater of the Bagmati river falls from the mouth of a tiger statue. For the Hindu majority nation, the river is long revered as having the power to purify souls. But Nepal's holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country's most polluted. (Aug. 17) (AP video/Upendra Mansingh and Niranjan Shrestha) e75c20de64cf456fb2d645603c1e85a1 Wed, 17 Aug 2022 06:55:40 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESS Kathmandu - 28 May 20221. Various of garbage in Bagmati riverHEADLINE: Nepal's holy river choked with sewage, trash ASSOCIATED PRESSBagdwar - 18 April 2022 2. Various of water falling  from the mouth of a tiger statue installed at a stream thought to form the source of the Bagmati RiverANNOTATION: High on a mountain in the Himalayas, the pristine headwater of the Bagmati river falls from the mouth of a tiger statue.ASSOCIATED PRESSBagdwar - 18 April 2022 3. A devotee worshiping the tiger statueASSOCIATED PRESSGokarna - 3 August 20224. Drone shot of the river BagmatiANNOTATION: For the Hindu majority nation, the river is long revered as having the power to purify souls. ASSOCIATED PRESSChobar - 3 August 20225. Drone shot of the river Bagmati as it flows out of KathmanduASSOCIATED PRESSGokarna - 3 August 20226. Drone shot of Gokarneshwar temple ANNOTATION: But Nepal's holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country's most polluted. ASSOCIATED PRESSGokarna - 3 August 20227. Various drone shots of the river Bagmati8. Top shot of close of river watersASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 28 May 20229. Wide of sewage pipes dumping waste water directly into the Bagmati river ANNOTATION:  As it reaches the capital Kathmandu, the color changes from clear to brown and then to black, choked with debris. 10. Various of sewage pipes dumping waste water directly into the  Bagmati river ANNOTATION: Raw sewage is dumped directly into the river, and heaps of garbage are tossed in from along the banks. ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 20 July 202211. SOUNDBITE (English) Madhukar Upadhaya, Environmentalist: "Drainage system was not as good. So the only place they could dump that drainage was into the river and that's where the Bagmati was there. So all the drainage started to come in, and his how it gradually started to get polluted and now it has become the most polluted river in the country." ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 24 May 202212. Various of the Pashupatinath temple area next to the Bagmati RiverANNOTATION: The holy river also flows past several sacred sites, including the Pashupatinath Temple, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.13. Bodies of dead Hindus being cremated as per Hindu rituals on the bank of Bagmati river14. A grieving relative keeping a float of flowers and oil lamp in the river to seek peace to the departed soulANNOTATION: Hindus flock to the riverbanks in Kathmandu to worship at shrines and celebrate festivals.15. Family members sprinkling water on the face of the dead body placed on a stone slab on the bank of the riverANNOTATION: Families also bring their deceased loved ones for cremation near the banks. ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu – 23 May 202216. Mithu Lama, a funeral caretaker, unfolding a sack to collect ash, person throwing water from a bucket17. Mid of ash being collected ANNOTATION: 59-year-old Mithu Lama, who has been working at the cremation grounds since she was 15, said the rituals used to be done with river water.18. Close of Lama 19. Relatives performing rituals before cremationANNOTATION: But some people no longer dare to have any contact with its contents.ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 23 May 202220. SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Mithu Lama, funeral caretaker:"Now bodies are brought for cremation but the rituals are done using mineral water that is bought in the stores, and then cremated." ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 24 May 202221. Various of ashes thrown into the river after a cremation22. Various of volunteers collecting garbage from the river ANNOTATION: There have been efforts by both private volunteers and the government to clean up the river. ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 22 May 202223. SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Mala Kharel, Bagmati river clean-up campaigner:"We have managed to remove almost all the garbage that was dumped for decades on the banks of the Bagmati River that was turned into a dumping site. We had removed at least 80% of that garbage."ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 24 May 2022 24. Various of volunteers collecting garbage from the river ANNOTATION: But they are unable to keep up with the volume of trash dumped in it. ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 20 July 202225. SOUNDBITE (English) Madhukar Upadhaya, Environmentalist:"We have made a big mistake and we must learn from it that you can destroy a river that was flowing for thousands of years, has been now gone."ASSOCIATED PRESSKathmandu - 12 May 202225. Close of Hindu priest Pandit Shivahari Subedi performing rituals on the banks of Bagmati river at Pashupatinath temple26. Close of Subedi playing cymbalsANNOTATION: Hindu priest Pandit Shivahari Subedi has been performing rituals for devotees on the banks of Bagmati river for the last three decades. 27. Hindu priests performing rituals on the banks of Bagmati river at Pashupatinath temple ANNOTATION: He believes only divine intervention can help clean the river. 28. SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Pandit Shivahari Subedi, Hindu priest: "Unless there is a miracle from the gods themselves this river will not be totally cleaned. To do that the gods need to create a big storm and rain, which could also cause lot of damage at the same time." ASSOCIATED PRESSGokarna - 3 August 202229. Drone shot of Bagmati riverSTORYLINE:High on a mountain in the Himalayas, the pristine headwater of the Bagmati river falls from the mouth of a tiger statue.For the Hindu majority nation, the river is long revered as having the power to purify souls. But Nepal's holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country's most polluted. As it reaches the capital Kathmandu, the color changes from clear to brown and then to black, choked with debris. Raw sewage is dumped directly into the river, and heaps of garbage are tossed in from along the banks. The holy river also flows past several sacred sites, including the Pashupatinath Temple, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.Hindus flock to the riverbanks in Kathmandu to worship at shrines and celebrate festivals.Families also bring their deceased loved ones for cremation near the banks. Mithu Lama, who has been working at the cremation grounds since she was 15, said the rituals used to be done with river water.But some people no longer dare to have any contact with its contents.There have been efforts by both private volunteers and the government to clean up the river, but they are unable to keep up with the volume of trash dumped in it. Hindu priest Pandit Shivahari Subedi has been performing rituals for devotees on the banks of Bagmati river for the last three decades.He believes only divine intervention can help clean the river.AP video shot by Upendra Mansingh and Niranjan Shrestha===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. High on a mountain in the Himalayas, the pristine headwater of the Bagmati river falls from the mouth of a tiger statue. For the Hindu majority nation, the river is long revered as having the power to purify souls. But Nepal's holiest river has deteriorated so greatly that today it is also the country's most polluted. (Aug. 17) (AP video/Upendra Mansingh and Niranjan Shrestha) Nepal's holy river choked with sewage, trash