Hubei province’s Fuhe river is currently saturated with over 100,000 kilograms of dead fish killed by ammonia from a nearby chemical plant, CBS reports.
Fingers are being pointed by environmental officials at the local chemical plant owned by the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Company.
The mass die-off has affected the nearby fishing village of Huanghualao, where residents make a living from fishing, said the village’s Communist Party secretary, Wang Sanqing.
“The dead fish covered the entire river and looked like snowflakes,” he told reporters.
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said water pollution was a serious concern, with industrial spills, farm runoff and untreated sewage all factors in degrading water quality. As of last year, nearly a third of the sections of major rivers it monitored were so degraded that the water was unfit for human contact, the ministry said in its annual State of Environmental Quality report, released in June.
[By Sam Canpadee]