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Dam water discharge causes mass fish deaths in Phu Tho
The Saigon Times
Monday,  Oct 5, 2020,18:31 (GMT+7)

Dam water discharge causes mass fish deaths in Phu Tho

The Saigon Times

The Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam opened one floodgate to discharge water on September 30 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Dozens of tons of fish raised in cages by households along the Da River in the northern province of Phu Tho were killed after the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam discharged water on September 30 and October 2, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Nguyen Trong Huyen, director of the Thanh Thuy District Division of Agriculture and Rural Development, said as of this morning, October 5, that more than 20 tons of fish in the Thach Dong and Xuan Loc communes had died, causing farmers a loss of over VND2 billion (US$86,500).

“The water discharge resulted in a sharp rise in the amount of mud in the river so the fish were shocked and suffered from an oxygen shortage. We have taken the water samples and fish death samples for a further examination,” he said.

The local authorities informed the households of preventive measures to protect their fish 12 hours before the hydroelectric dam discharged water following instructions from the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. However, some farmers said they were not able to transfer their fish to other areas.

Ha Thi Loan, 38, a farmer in Xuan Loc Commune, said over one ton of fish that she raised had died, causing a loss of some VND150 million. “I normally sell live fish at VND130,000-150,000 per kg but for the dead fish, I could only persuade my relatives or villagers to buy them at VND50,000 per kg,” she said.

Mac Ke Diep, 27, in Thanh Dong Commune was the most affected, with 10 tons of his fish dying, resulting in a loss of VND1 billion. He had to ask his neighbors to collect the dead fish to feed pigs or make fertilizer for plants.

Huyen said Thanh Thuy District is seeking financial support from the province and the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam for the affected households.

This is not the first time that water release from the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam has caused mass fish deaths. In October 2017, the dam opened eight floodgates, killing 170 tons of cage-raised fish worth more than VND30 billion in Hoa Binh and Phu Tho provinces.

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