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article image2,200 dead pigs found in Shanghai waterway

By Valerie Benguiat     Mar 10, 2013 in World
Shanghai - Around 2,200 dead pigs are being fished out of the upper reaches of the Huangpu River, the main source of drinking water for Shanghai, in China.
Until yesterday, 900 pigs had been retrieved from the river. Today the number has risen up to 2200 and counting.
Shanghai authorities still don’t know who is guilty for dumping the dead pigs in the river, but according to the ear tags of some of the animals, they came from farms of the neighboring cities of Jiaxing and Pinghu in Zhejiang Province
"The number is expected to rise as there are still six barges that have not returned from collecting carcasses. We have to act quickly to remove them all for fear of causing water pollution," Xu Rong, director of Shanghai Songjiang District Environmental Protection Bureau, told the Global Times.
Local residents reported finding dead pigs last Thursday in the Hengliaojing Creek, which is close to a local water treatment plant in an area that is a protected water resource.
According to Global Times, Mr Xu Rong said that "So far, water quality has not been affected, but we have to remove the pigs as quickly as possible and can't let their bodies rot in the water”.
Shanghainese authorities have said that the water hasn’t been polluted. The Shanghai Songjiang District Environmental Protection Bureau is committed to testing the water twice a day at the three water intake points in the Songjiang district.
The cause of death hasn’t been determined. Farmers are required to report to local authorities when animal die of unknown causes, and have to dispose properly of the bodies, burying them with disinfectant.
Until now, twelve boats have been sent to retrieve the corpses from the river.
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