A child plays in a foamy discharge, caused by pollutants mixed with sea water, in the surf at a beach in Chennai, India. Photo: AFP

Children play in toxin-laced white foam washing up on beaches in Chennai, India

  • Chennai’s most famous beaches are covered in white foam, apparently caused by phosphate and sewage
  • Children are playing in the foam and taking selfies, despite warnings about the pollution hazard
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A child plays in a foamy discharge, caused by pollutants mixed with sea water, in the surf at a beach in Chennai, India. Photo: AFP
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An employee prepares aromatic oxygen flasks at the Oxy Pure bar in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

In smog-choked New Delhi, enterprising oxygen bar soothes residents’ lungs – for a price

  • Concentrations of the most harmful airborne pollutants in the Indian capital are regularly about 20 times the World Health Organisation safe limit
  • But now its residents can enjoy a breath of fresh air – in seven different flavours – for US$4.17 per 15-minute session
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An employee prepares aromatic oxygen flasks at the Oxy Pure bar in New Delhi. Photo: EPA
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