authorities have confirmed the death of more than 450,000 kilograms of fish in
two eastern China's cities in August was a result of pollution after a
neighboring province opened a sluice to release sewage and industrial waste
So far no scheme on how to compensate the fishermen suffering the loss has
been finalized, an Anhui Province-based newspaper reported on Tuesday.
On August 29, Yongcheng County in central China's Henan Province, which is in
the upriver area of Anhui's Huaibei and Suzhou cities, opened its Zhangqiao
sluice to release water after industrial waste and sewage had been stored for a
The polluted water flooded the downriver Huaibei's Tuohe River and Suzhou's
Xinbian River, killing the large number of fish in the two rivers, the report
Local fishermen report more than 450,000 kilograms of fish died in the
Preliminary estimates showed the pollution resulted in financial losses of
more than three million yuan (US$375,000).
Local fishing authorities are checking with fishermen to work out a final
Anhui provincial environment authority reported the incident to the State
Environmental Protection Administration.
Last month, a task force formed by state and regional environment authorities
investigate. The task force also organized local authorities to check the water
quality of two rivers and to inspect pollution-prone companies and local sewage
The state administration also required authorities in Henan and Anhui to
establish a joint mechanism to prevent such incidents in future.