World's 10 Most Dangerous Rivers to Avoid Swimming In

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Amazon River, South America

Beware of dipping your toes into the world's largest river, the Amazon, which is teeming with dangerous wildlife such as piranhas, anacondas, and electric eels.


Rio Tinto, Spain

Rio Tinto River's pH downsized by industrial activities, high heavy metal and sulphuric acid concentrations make it unsafe for swimming.


Citarum River, Indonesia

The Citarium river's notoriety for its severe pollution level makes it similar to the Rio Tinto, with the risk of exposing oneself to industrial toxins and human waste that could cause sickness.


Ganges, India

The Ganges, a sacred but highly polluted river, is home to dangerous wildlife such as crocodiles and snakes, making it a risky spot for bathing.


The Nile River, Egypt

The Nile, the world's longest river, contains harmful bacteria that can cause skin infections, and diving into its waters can expose you to dangerous wildlife.


Congo River, Congo

The Congo River's dissolved wastes from nearby mining activities and rampant waterborne diseases make entering unsafe.


Yangtze River, China

The Yangtze's water is polluted with human and industrial waste, making it unsafe for bathing despite recent improvements in water quality; heavy metal pollution remains a concern.


Mariola River, Philippines

Avoid stepping into the reeds of Lake Victoria, which is known for its high incidence of waterborne diseases like cholera, among other chronic ailments.


Mississippi River, USA

Dangerous currents and high pollution levels make swimming in this waterfront risky for both humans and boats.


Colorado River, USA

The Colorado River's treacherous currents and rapids make it unsuitable for swimming, despite its popularity for whitewater rafting.

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