|A workers collect dead fish. Thousands of fish, including white promfret, tilapia and carp, were found dead in Linh Đàm Lake in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District on Wednesday night. — Photo baotintuc.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The mass fish deaths reported in Linh Đàm Lake in Ha Noi’s Hoang Mai District are not related to its water quality, Hà Nội Environment Protection Branch officials said.
Sample testing of water taken from the lake showed it wasn’t polluted, the branch said yesterday.
They claimed no dead fish had been reported since Thursday afternoon
Hà Nội Sewage and Drainage Company No 4, which is in charge of managing the lake, said no waste water had been discharged into the lake.
Hà Nội Veterinary Branch had also taken samples of dead fish for testing.
Earlier, a large number of dead fish were seen floating in Linh Đàm Lake on Wednesday night, with locals claiming polluted water was the main reason.
Thousands of fish including white promfret, tilapia and carp were found dead, stretching along 2km-long lake dyke area. Many of the fish had decomposed badly, exuding a bad odour.
On receiving information about the mass fish deaths, the People’s Committee of Hoàng Mai District mobilised forces to collect the dead fish, weighing over 400kg, and clean up the lake.
The district authorities asked relevant agencies to monitor the incident and warned locals not to use the dead fish as animal feed.
This is the second time fish have died en mass in Linh Đàm Lake. Previously, in March 2009, nearly five tonnes of dead fish were found in the north of the lake.
The investigation is underway. — VNS