More than 14 metric tons of farm-raised fish along a river in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa died within Wednesday alone, while competent authorities have yet to confirm the reason behind the incident.
The mass fish deaths occurred along a section of the Ma River in Cam Thanh and Cam Luong Communes in Cam Thuy District.
As of Thursday morning, a total of 108 households in the two communes had been affected, according to the Cam Thuy District bureau of agriculture and rural development.
|Farm-raised fish die en masse along the Ma River in Cam Thuy District, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, April 14, 2021. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre|
Local fish farmers are now at risk of becoming empty-handed as the harvest time is just around the corner.
The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked district-level administrations along the river to closely monitor fish farming activities.
Police in Quan Hoa District, located about 100 kilometers northwest of Cam Thuy District, confirmed on Thursday morning they had discovered a forestry processing cooperative dumping untreated wastewater into the Ma River.
|Farmed fish die en masse along the Ma River in Cam Thuy District, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, April 14, 2021. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre|
Officers have collected samples of the wastewater for further tests.
They have not confirmed that the activity is linked to the mass fish deaths in Cam Thuy District.
The People’s Committee in Quan Hoa District has ordered a comprehensive inspection of all forestry processing facilities in the locality.
Similar fish deaths have also been recorded along another section of the Ma River in Ba Thuoc District, which is adjacent to Cam Thuy District, since March 15.
|A woman carries buckets containing dead fish in Cam Thuy District, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, April 14, 2021. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre|
More than 16 metric tons of fish have gone 'belly-up' in Ba Thuoc so far.
Local authorities have discovered three wood processing facilities discharging untreated wastewater into the river.
After carrying out several tests, competent authorities have ruled out an epidemic as the reason behind the phenomenon.
|A forestry processing cooperative is found dumping untreated wastewater into the Ma River in Quan Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, April 15, 2021. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre|