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Water plant woes grow worse

CITY public sanitation authorities have begun the seasonal fight against the invasion of water hyacinth in the Huangpu River, Suzhou Creek and other bodies of water as this year's peak season for the pest plant arrived earlier than usual, in mid-November, officials said yesterday.

A red alert was issued as the pest is expected to be more problematic than usual. Frequent rains and drainage issues upstream led to outbreaks, and water hyacinth has flourished in the upper reaches of Huangpu River and in bodies of water in Songjiang, Jinshan and Qingpu districts.

The authority said the amount of water hyacinth this year is over 1.5 times greater than last year. In Songjiang District, over 4,000 tons of water hyacinth was removed yesterday, setting a daily record.


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