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Thousands of Dead Fish In Thai River

Breaking Environmental News: Thailand
Fish piled up on river bank

March 13, 2007

Fishermen have pulled 100 tons of dead fish from Thailand's Chao Praya River.

Authorities launched an investigation into possible pollution along the country's longest river.

The dead fish are worth almost £500,000 or 30 million baht.

They amount to the "biggest damage ever to the Chao Praya's fishing industry," said Charanthada Kannasuta, of the Fisheries Department.

Most of Thailand's fishing industry is dependent on catches from the sea.

But the Chao Praya serves as a major source of food and income to riverside communities and markets across central Thailand.

It runs for 230 miles, through 10 provinces and the capital Bangkok, to the Gulf of Thailand.

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