|Fish die en mass on the Chu River. — Photo thanhnien.vn|
THANH HÓA — As many as 4.5 tonnes of fish being raised on the Chu River died en mass on Monday night.
Local farmers said that the river, passing Xuân Thiên Commune, Thọ Xuân District in the central province of Thanh Hóa, had signs of froth and a black colour. Seeing the problem, they moved their fish ashore, however, a great amount of them still died.
Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, a local, said his family raised four cages with more than 650 fish. The heaviest is about 6kg and can be sold soon. However, they died en mass since 2am.
Nguyễn Duy Nam, deputy chairman of the Xuân Thiên Commune People’s Committee, said more than 20 households along the Chu River, lost their source of income after one night.
The commune reported the problem to the Thọ Xuân District People’s Committee, the police and the agricultural sector.
The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment came to the scene for study and search for reasons behind the incident.
Local residents believed that the fish died because of waste water discharged by different plants in the upper reaches of the river. — VNS