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Some 200 tonnes of dead fish removed from reservoir in Vietnam’s Dong Nai

Some 200 tonnes of dead fish removed from reservoir in Vietnam’s Dong Nai

Friday, May 03, 2024, 18:29 GMT+7
Some 200 tonnes of dead fish removed from reservoir in Vietnam’s Dong Nai
About 200 metric tons of dead fish were collected from Song May Reservoir in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 200 metric tons of dead fish have been collected from Song May Reservoir in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam.

A few days ago, the tranquil waters of the lake turned into a distressing sight as hundreds of metric tons of lifeless fish floated on its surface, unleashing a putrid stench that permeated the air, disturbing the neighborhood.

Senior Lieutenant Le Minh Tan, head of a seafood farming team under the Military Command of Dong Nai Province, said on Thursday that a massive clean-up of dead fish had been completed.

“We are working to deodorize the affected areas,” he said.

After the collection, these dead fish will be buried for compost.

A report from local authorities showed that prolonged heat has caused the water level of Song May Reservoir to drop significantly, leaving many areas exposed.

Moreover, owing to an unrelenting heatwave, the water of the lake was prioritized for release to water some 800 hectares of crops downstream, causing the water to recede to the dead level.

The lake has lost its volume, with the water surface area shrinking to two hectares from 196 hectares, while the deepest level of water measured one meter, leading to a mass die-off of fish.

Dead fish removed from Song May Reservoir in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: M.T. / Tuoi Tre

Dead fish removed from Song May Reservoir in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: M.T. / Tuoi Tre

Fish started to go belly up a week ago, but died en masse on April 28 due to the lake drying up, said Senior Lieutenant Tan.

The low water level, searing temperatures, and a large number of fish in the reservoir resulted in them lacking oxygen and perishing in bulk, he explained.

Song May Reservoir, which spans Bac Son Commune, Binh Minh Commune, Song Trau Commune, and Trang Bom Town in Trang Bom District, provides water for crops in Trang Bom and Vinh Cuu Districts.

The Military Command of Dong Nai Province is in charge of managing the water surface area of the 300-hectare reservoir and farmed fish in the lake.

In early January, Dong Nai Irrigational Works Exploitation Company started work on a Song May Reservoir dredging, repairing, and upgrading project.

The investor had previously sent the military command a dispatch about the clean-up of assets in the lake to implement the project.

The firm also proposed harvesting fish in the reservoir before December 31 last year.

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