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Fish die en masse in central province

Update: October, 23/2017 - 18:09
Dead dish wash up in a drain near Hồ Chuối Lake in the central province of Quảng Ngãi. Locals said thousands of fish died after heavy rainfall last Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phước Ngọc
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QUẢNG NGÃI — Fish farmers in central Quảng Ngãi Province are concerned about thousands of dead fish, which are polluting a local lake.

A foul smell emanated from the dead fish, which were covered by flies in Hồ Chuối Lake in Bình Sơn District’s Bình Trung Commune, the Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper reported.

Phạm Tấn Thành, a resident, told the newspaper that poultry (chickens and ducks) belonging to locals died after eating the dead fish that washed up ashore near their residential areas.

Mass fish deaths have occurred a few times in recent years, but not in such high numbers as this time, another resident told the newspaper .

Resident Cù Văn Hùng said the fish started dying after heavy rainfall last Friday. “It’s strange,” he said.

Fish farmer Đỗ Thị Vân who is raising some 20,000 carp, grass carp and tench fish at home, said she lost some 100kg of fish per day, which resulted in financial loses of millions of đồng.

“The polluted water flowed from the lake into my pond so fast, I didn’t know how to prevent it,” she said.

Trịnh Phú Định, chairman of the People’s Committee of Bình Trung Commune, said commune authorities are investigating the incident.

Nguyễn Quang Trung, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Bình Sơn District, said district authorities are also inspecting the lake and investigating the cause of the fish deaths. — VNS

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