Goa beaches 'unfit for swimming'

11 July 2011 09:59

People planning a trip to Goa this year have been warned about contaminated beaches

People planning a trip to Goa this year have been warned about contaminated beaches

Pollution experts have warned that the coastal waters and rivers in Goa - a popular beach holiday destination in India - are highly contaminated.

Almost 2.6 million tourists make a trip to the famous holiday spot every year. Goa is particularly popular among travellers from Britain, Russia and Germany.

According to a study by the government-run National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), beaches in the Indian state are not suitable for swimming and fishing due to high sewage contamination.

The scientists found that the level of fecal coliform bacteria in waters off the well-known beaches is much higher than the accepted safety standards. Such cases highlight the importance of taking out a medical travel insurance policy ahead off going on a holiday.

N Ramaiah, a senior researcher at NIO, said safety levels should be at 100 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 millilitres, but it has touched 190 CFU in some coastal waters and rivers in Goa.

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