A total of 14 tons of fish on Ho Chi Minh City’s biggest canal Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe surfaced dead on Tuesday, possibly due to waste washed from many sewage pipes during the first heavy rain of the season.
People living along the canal said thousands of fish went belly up from Monday evening, right after the three-hour downpour.
A large number of trash has also been washed into the canal.
Tran Van Son, an official in charge of aquaculture resource protection in the city, noticed that the mass fish death following heavy rains have been going on in the city for several years.
Son blamed it on industrial pollution. He said the canal is connected to many sewage pipes upstream, where waste would be stored for many dry months before the first rain comes.
He said the canal has its own waste treatment system but it could not handle such large amount of waste.
“By 5 p.m. today, we collected a total of 14 tons of dead fish. The city has also deployed many solutions to deal with this incident,” Nguyen Toan Thang, director of the city’s environment department, told a news briefing on Tuesday afternoon.
The Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal runs more than eight kilometers through District 3 and Tan Binh, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh districts. The city spent around a decade and more than US$390 million, including funding from the World Bank, to bring it back from a stinky, dirty canal several years ago.
Dead fish collected from the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal in the afternoon May 17, 2016. Photos: Duc TIen/Thanh Nien
Environment workers said there may be tons of dead fish
A lot of dead fish and trash seen n the canal in the morning May 17, 2016
The mass fish death draws the attention of many people.