Grotesque dead fish find fuels fears over Iraq water quality (VIDEO)
In a development that is sure to impact local livelihoods, residents have spoken of their fears that the fish wipeout might be the result of contaminated water.
What a sad sad photo. Never seen something like this.— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) November 3, 2018
Thousands of carp die in mysterious circumstances in #Iraq.
Major water pollution already put 100,000 people in hospital this summer in Basra. @akhbar@AFPpic.twitter.com/kOdO0bztcG
While the reason for the deaths has not yet been determined, agricultural chief Safaa al-Junaibi believes that overcrowded fish farms and a rapid spread of bacterial disease could be to blame.
One local man, Hussein Faraj, who has worked to clean up the grisly scene, said there are suggestions that water pollution could have had a hand in the incident.
“Some are saying it’s because of a sickness, others say it's because of chemicals,” said Faraj, as cited by Al Araby. “We're waiting for a solution from the government or a test of the water - we're scared the water will poison us in the coming days, too."
Images taken at Musayyib, Babil Province, reveal large swathes of carp lying dead in nets. In drone footage, dead fish can also be seen floating on the surface of the Euphrates.
Water pollution is currently plaguing parts of the country and this the problem has hospitalized thousands of Iraqi people. In August, Ryad Abdel Amir, head of Basra's health department, reported that more than 17,000 people in the city alone had been admitted to hospital for stomach pains and vomiting, due to drinking local water.
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