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Mass fish deaths in central Vietnam point finger at industrial wastewater discharge

A fisherman in the central province of Ha Tinh has reported to local authorities that he saw a sewage pipe a Taiwanese steel manufacturer may have installed to discharge wastewater directly into the sea in an area where a huge number of fish have died recently.
Nguyen Xuan Thanh, 36, of Ky Anh town told officers at a border guard station that he found the pipe by chance while diving to catch fish on April 4.

By Thanh Nien News

Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, April 22, 2016

Thanh Nien News

A fisherman in the central province of Ha Tinh has reported to local authorities that he saw a sewage pipe a Taiwanese steel manufacturer may have installed to discharge wastewater directly into the sea in an area where a huge number of fish have died recently.

Nguyen Xuan Thanh, 36, of Ky Anh town told officers at a border guard station that he found the pipe by chance while diving to catch fish on April 4.

He said the 1.5-km-long pipe was buried under the seabed and covered by rocks and sand bags. It originated at the Formosa Steel Corporation’s plant in the Vung Ang Economic Zone, he said.

“When I saw it, the 1.1-m pipe was discharging a lot of wastewater. The wastewater looked muddy yellow and smelled so bad that I felt suffocated.”

Thanh drew a map to show the location of the pipe to the Deo Ngang Border Guard Station. The station has reported the case to the provincial Border Guard.

Some fishermen in Ky Anh town also told a visiting agriculture ministry team Thursday that they saw a sewage pipe from the Formosa plant going into the sea, and it lies around 13 m under the surface.

 

Read more here. 

Also see:  Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths, The Guardian

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