Thousands of dead fish and crabs were found floating on the surface of fishing farms in Bengbu, Anhui over the past few days. The cause, according to NetEase News, is water pollution from the Huihe River and Huaihong New River.
Bengbu has experienced heavy downpour since June 24, resulting in water being discharged from the upstream drainage. On July 1, the water in Zhangjia Lake, in the downstream of Huaihong New River, turned a murky ink color and began smelling awful. A span of dead floating fish covered portions of the water’s surface.
One fisherman told reporters that he started fish farming in 1981, and has never witnessed such large-scale pollution. He said the incident has resulted in financial losses of about 300,000 RMB.
Other fishermen in the area speculated that the pollution was caused by wheat straws in drains. The continuous raining may have caused disposed wheat straws in the drains to rot and pollute the water, which then overflowed into Zhangjia lake.
Better than pigs, we suppose.
By Crystal Lau
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