Wednesday, May 11, 2005

News item from THE HINDU

Pollution kills off fish

A large number of dead fish were found floating in the river Gedilam on Tuesday. The discharge of untreated effluents from some industrial units was believed to be a cause for the high level of pollution in the river.

The District Consumer Protection Organisation has objected to the "mindless damage" caused to water sources and water-borne organisms. Its general secretary M. Nizamudeen, blamed the pollution on the discharge of untreated chemical effluents by a sugar mill in Nellikuppam. In a statement, Mr. Nizamudeen said some persons, unaware of the health hazard, were seen collecting the dead fish to sell them. Since the river was polluted, the ground water in the vicinity too had become contaminated.

As the river drained into the sea, it affected marine life as well.

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