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Thousands of Fish Die in Shandong Reservoir
   2015-09-16 12:39:50    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Kun

A photo shows large amounts of dead fish on the banks of the Jufeng Reservoir in Rizhao City in east China's Shandong Province on Sept. 15, 2015. [Photo: CFP]

Thousands of fish have died in the Jufeng Reservoir in Rizhao city in east China's Shandong Province, due to heavy rains that had led to a sudden drop in temperatures in the reservoir.

Wang Yunying, a contractor working on the clean-up effort at the reservoir says that the area had experienced a sudden bout of heavy rain on September 11.

This had resulted in a rapid change in water temperatures leading to the death of thousands of fish, mainly silver carp and spotted silver carp.

According to Wang, the area had been affected by a long dry spell earlier. The reservoir's water line had dropped steadily and the excessive amount of fish had led to oxygen deficiency in the reservoir.

But this issue was aggravated by the heavy rains, because as the cold rain water mixed with the warm water in the reservoir and affected the flow of oxygen to shawls of fish.

The reservoir management started to remove piles of dead fish that were giving out a foul stench since September 13.

It is estimated that the cleanup efforts will cost around 600,000 yuan, or around 94,200 US dollars.


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