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Locals dump dead pigs into rivers amidst African swine fever epidemic in Vietnamese province

Locals dump dead pigs into rivers amidst African swine fever epidemic in Vietnamese province

Thursday, April 08, 2021, 15:54 GMT+7
Locals dump dead pigs into rivers amidst African swine fever epidemic in Vietnamese province
Authorities handle a dead pig in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Dozens of residents in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An have been dumping dead pigs into ditches and rivers despite the ongoing African swine fever epidemic there.

People in Luc Da Commune, Con Cuong District recently reported finding several dead hogs, each weighing nearly 100 kilograms, in a local ditch.

The dead animals had already decomposed by the time of their discovery.

The incident posed a very high risk of environmental pollution as the ditch provides water for crops and is located near residential areas and schools.

Authorities in Luc Da Commune have tasked relevant units with examining local farms and preventing similar situations from occurring in the future.

In Thanh Yen Commune, Thanh Chuong District, several pig corpses have also been discovered under a local bridge.

A dead pig is salvaged from a river in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: V.Ly / Tuoi Tre

A dead pig is salvaged from a river in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: V.Ly / Tuoi Tre

According to Bui Huu Chuong, chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee, these pigs are often dumped into the river at night after dying from African swine fever infections.

The dead animals have been collected and disposed of in accordance with regulations.

Local authorities will continue conducting inspections and patrols, Chuong stated, adding that those responsible will be punished.

A pig is being salvaged from a ditch in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.Giang  / Tuoi Tre

A dead pig is salvaged from a ditch in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.Giang / Tuoi Tre

The African swine fever epidemic in Nghe An Province has affected 1,762 households in 145 communes in 19 districts since the beginning of 2021, the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

Most outbreaks have occurred at small-scale husbandry facilities.

Authorities handle a dead pig in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Authorities handle a dead pig in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

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