Biological Hazard – Asia – India

EDIS Number: BH-20120417-34920-IND
Date / time: 17/04/2012 15:29:39 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Meghalaya
Location: [West Khasi Hills]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy


Several thousand fishes died in a river near the Indo-Bangladesh border in remote West Khasi Hills district last weekend prompting an official probe into the matter, officials said today. Dead floating fishes were first detected by local anglers on Friday last at river Kynshi, 150 km from here. "We have deputed a team of experts to conduct an inquiry to ascertain the reasons behind the unnatural death of fishes," Deputy Chief Minister B M Lanong said. While the report is expected to be submitted within this week, the DyCM who is also in charge of Mining and Geology did not rule out the possibility of exploratory drilling for uranium in upstream areas of the river. Government scientists also feared that the fish were poisoned either by miscreants throwing poison in the river or unscientific mining. Meanwhile, a team of scientists from the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board today collected waters samples of Kynshi and Rilang rivers to ascertain its quality. Local influential NGOs like the Khasi Students Union blamed the exploratory mining conducted in the area to be behind the death of fishes. Major rivers of another district in the state, Jaintia Hills district, have also been declared "dead and unsafe for human consumption" as it is "acidic" due to unregulated and unscientific coal mining in the areas.

Syndicated from RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information