Kochi: A team of specialist Navy divers today
commenced diving operations in Rayarom river near Alakkode in
Kannur to remove bags of polluting pesticides and insecticides
The team, comprising seven divers and a two-member
medical team, wore special gear during their dives to protect
themselves from possible ill effects of the pesticides, a
Naval press release said.
The divers will also search and sanitise the river a few
kilometers downstream, it said.
The pollution came to light when some local people who
went for a swim in the river developed exhaustion and itching.
The products were cleared from a closed pesticide godown
and dumped into the river on August 1.