Thousands of dead fish wash up on the banks of India river


BANGALORE, India (AP) — Thousands of dead fish washed up on the banks of a polluted lake on Monday in India’s southern technology hub of Bangalore.

A stink pervaded the air in a residential district around Ulsoor Lake in central Bangalore. Sewage from many parts of the city has been flowing into the lake, depleting oxygen levels in the water, said V. Purushottam, president of a residents’ group.

Kiran Kumar, an environmentalist, said water samples were being collected for testing.

Purshottam said authorities ignored pleas to repair a barrier that was supposed to keep sewage from flowing into the lake.

The lake is a popular fishing and boating site, but it has been choked with water hyacinth with no effort by authorities to clear it, he said.

Last year, a toxic froth spilled over to some of Bangalore’s streets due to extreme levels of pollution in Bellandur Lake and flames were seen in another polluted lake in the city, Indian newspapers reported.

The water sampling of the lake waters revealed extremely high amounts of phosphorous and other inorganic chemical compounds, the reports said.

India has some of the world’s most polluted air. More than half of its 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open, causing rivers and lakes to stink with sewage.

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