|dead fishes floating on Âm River in Thanh Hóa Province. - thanhtra.com.vn photo|Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA – Mass fish deaths in Âm River were reported by the local people in the mountainous Lang Chánh District of Thanh Hóa yesterday afternoon.
Lê Văn Tiến, head of Giao An Commune, said this was not a natural incident and adviced the local people not to eat the dead fish to avoid poisoning, and not to even feed it to poultry and cattle.
On the same day, the local authority instructed the youth force to collect the dead fish and dump them.
The local authority is investigating the cause of the mass fish deaths.
Trương Văn Huyền, head of the environment section of Lang Chánh District’s Natural Resources and Environment Department, said the agency had visited the site to take water samples for testing, in an attempt to find the cause of the mass fish deaths.
The local people are worried that the river might have become polluted by some wastewater discharge.
The Âm River flows through the communes of Yên Khương, Yên Thắng, Tam Văn and Tân Phúc, besides Quang Hiến, and the townships of Lang Chánh, Giao An and Giao Thiện in Lang Chánh District. – VNS