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Pollution check after mass river fish die-off

ENVIRONMENT officials are checking a suburban river for pollution after hundreds of fish were found dead there over the past few days.

The river, named Changbanggang, passes through the Qingcun Town in Fengxian District and is a popular spot for nearby residents to fish and swim in the summer.

When dead fish began floating on the river around four days ago, villagers said many people took them home to eat, thinking the bad weather had caused the die-off.

But as more and more appeared dead on the river, villagers began to worry that the fish they ate had been poisoned.

Residents point the finger of suspicion at a riverside factory, because while dead fish are found within 2 kilometers of the factory, further away it seems unaffected.

Over the weekend concerned residents reported the incident to the environmental authorities.

"We have taken samples from the river and waste water discharged by the factory for examination and investigation," said Zuo Haiqiang, an official with the district environment agency.

Meanwhile, a picturesque river running though Huangxing Park in Yangpu District has become cloudy and foul-smelling in recent days.

Nearby residents, who enjoyed strolling by the Zoumatang, say they have to keep windows and doors closed now to escape the smell.

Yangpu District waterway management authorities said they pump water from Yangshupu Port into the Zoumatang to improve its circulation.

But Metro line construction work near Yangshupu Port has made it difficult to get enough water, said officials.


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