Hundreds of thousands of fish in China killed by chemical discharge
BEIJING (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said on Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.
About 100,000 kilogrammes of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing "local government investigations".
Xinhua said the probe found ammonia levels "far in excess of the national standard" at a drain outlet from Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology, a chemical manufacturer.
A local environmental official surnamed Xiao confirmed the Monday incident to AFP and said operations to clear the fish had been concluded in most of the affected areas.