400 tons of fish killed after hydroelectric plant discharges

It is estimated 400 tons of farm-raised fish in the northern provinces of Hoa Binh and Phu Tho were killed after a major hydroelectric plant discharged its water, resulting in heavy losses for local breeders.
 

400 tons of farm-raised fish die en masse after hydroelectric plant discharges its water (Photo: SGGP)

400 tons of farm-raised fish die en masse after hydroelectric plant discharges its water (Photo: SGGP)

As per Ky Son District authority’s report, as many as 35.6 tons of dead fish were found while more than 20 tons of fish in Hoa Binh Town died.
Phu Tho province suffered huge losses. According to director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Ngoc Son, in Thanh Son District, 200 out of 440 farms had reported to have 350 tons of dead fish.
Breeders in Hoa Binh Province had no choice and sold off dead fish at cheap price of VND10,000 per kilogram.
The water discharge of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam was responsible for the mass fish deaths along the Da River, farmers said because the large volume of water had caused the fish to be suffocated.
The Department of Aquaculture in Hoa Binh Province has sent staffs to take water samples for test to verify the cause and to assess their situation, said Dang Thi Duyen from the Department.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in both provinces proposed supports for fish breeders.
In related news, the People’s Committee in Tan Lap Commune in the southern province of Binh Phuoc said that in these days, 40 households in Suoi Giai Lake have also suffered great losses as 90 percent of raised fish died without reason. 
Breeders sold off at low price of VND20,000 - VND30,000 per kilogram.

By staff writers – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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