• Thousands Of Fish Found Dead As Arunachal Pradesh River Turns Black

    The residents of Seppa blamed China for the change in the colour of the water.
    NORTHEAST

    In a mysterious case, thousands of fish were found dead in the Kameng river in Arunachal Pradesh as the water of the river suddenly turned black, according to several media reports.

    The district fisheries official said that the water of the river turned black due to the high content of total dissolved substances (TDS). 

    As quoted by news agency PTI, District Fisheries Development Officer (DFDO) Hali Tajo said, "the TDS in the Kameng river was 6,800 mg per litre, much higher than the normal range of 300-1,200 mg per litre.”

    The district administration has warned people against venturing near the Kameng river to catch fish and eat the dead fishes found floating on the river.

    Meanwhile, the residents of Seppa blamed China for the rise in the TDS due to the construction activities being carried out by the neighbouring country across the border. 

    Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku appealed to the state government to immediately constitute a committee of experts to find the cause behind the abrupt change in the colour of the Kameng river's water and the death of a large quantity of fish.

    Taku expressed his concern and said that this kind of incident never happened in the Kameng river before. 

    He further said, "If it continues for more than a few days, the aquatic life from the river will be totally eliminated," adding that the sudden change in the colour of the water might be due to a huge landslide in the upper belt of the district.

    Taku further added, "There may be other reasons as well. The state government should immediately constitute a fact-finding committee to study the situation at the earliest.” 

    It is to be mentioned that the Siang river at Pasighat in East Siang district also turned black in November 2017.

    Following the incident, the then Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention, claiming that it was the result of the construction of a 10,000-km-long tunnel in China, which diverted water from Siang to Xinjiang province in the Taklamakan desert.

    However, China had denied the allegation.
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