Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that the city is implementing measures to clean the West Lake’s water and to enhance the oxygen level of the surface water.
Monday afternoon, October 3, dissolved oxygen level was raised to 2.8 mg/l. Along with that, Hanoi’s authorities are actively handling environmental pollution in West Lake.
|About 200 tons of rotting fish has been collected. (Photo: tuoitre)
On October 4, at the Government's September regular meeting, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung had a quickly report to the Government the situation of mass fish death in West Lake recent days.
According to Nguyen Duc Chung, to handle the situation, Hanoi has mobilized about 1,000 people, including the city’s police officers and the functional forces and deployed 100 boats to collect rotting fish;
About 200 tons of rotting fish has been collected.
Mr. Chung added, the city’s police in collaboration with the specialized agencies is investigating the cause. According to preliminary results of the investigation, the samples showed that, oxygen level of the surface water in Ho Tay was too low for fish, measured zero. The rate of ammonium is 24 times higher than prescribed.
The city administration has warned residents not to eat fish from West Lake until authorised agencies issue their final conclusions about whether or not toxic substances are present in the dead fish.
In the meantime, health department staff were dispatched to spray chemicals to sterilize areas around the lake.
The city subsequently ordered authorized agencies to use RedOxy-3C, a substance manufactured in Germany to treat surface water and ground water.
Environmental police also took samples of the dead fish and lake water to conduct tests.
Regarding this incident, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday asked the Hanoi People’s Committee to handle the West Lake mass fish death.
Prime Minister also ordered Hanoi authorities to work with water service agencies to clarify the cause and report their results to the Government.PSN