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Large number of fish found dead in Beas

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A large number of dead fish were found floating in Beas today after from a factory leaked into the river, an said.

Residents noticed the dead fresh water fish in the river in Punjab's Beas town, about 40 km from the state capital of Amritsar, and informed the authorities.

Officials, including of Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, and experts from the Board (PPCB) and wildlife department visited the site to take stock of the situation.

"According to experts, molasses, which leaked from a factory here in Beas, mixed with the river water and reduced the oxygen levels. This led to the death of fish," said.

He added the PPCB had ordered the closure of the factory.

leakage also changed the colour of the river water to rust brown.

"We have also collected water samples and will get them tested to ascertain if something else may also have been there," said

The said it was feared that the may have spread to 30-35 km of river water area.

Fresh water from the was released into Beas to flush out the pollutants.

"With the release of fresh water, the situation is much better now," said.

Authorities have also issued an advisory asking residents not to eat or sell the dead fish.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:05 IST