It has happened before, and the onslaught seems to unceasing year after the year. Freakish numbers of water hyacinths have been inundating the waters of Huangpu River around Suzhou Creek and the Bund in Shanghai on Wednesday, sending the city’s sanitation teams into overdrive.
The proliferation of the perennial free-floating aquatic plant causes a massive headache for the city’s sanitation workers, who have been slogging for the past few days. They believe their amount of work is expected to continue until the end of next month as the favorable current temperatures contribute to the growth of the water hyacinths, reported China Daily.
The outbreak of the noxious water plant was one month earlier than in previous years, according to Xinmin Evening News.
While these hyacinths appear to be delicate, they are widely perceived as a “bio-disaster” across multiple countries, including China. If they die and sink to the bottom, they will pollute the water. Environemntal degradation also occurs if they ae piled up on land and the plants decay.
If not kept under control, these hyacinths will blanket whole lakes and ponds, impeding water flow and preventing sunlight and oxygen to reach other organisms in the bodies of water.
By Lucy Liu
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