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TIANJIN (Web Desk) – Large quantities of dead fish were discovered by locals in a river just six kilometers away from the site of the deadly warehouse explosion that took place in ‪Tianjin last Wednesday, which has claimed at least 114 lives and injured thousands more.


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The seemingly abnormal occurrence soon caused alarm throughout the city, raising concerns that the leakage of toxic chemicals, including sodium ‪‎cyanide, which was stored in the warehouse, may have contaminated the water, CCTV cited.

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In response to the phenomenon, the city’s environmental protection authorities said during a press conference held on Thursday afternoon that experts have gone to the site for further analysis.

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Deng Xiaowen, head of environment monitoring of Tianjin environmental protection authority, said the water areas where the dead fish appeared are under regular monitoring. A few hours later, researchers said no toxic levels of cyanide were found in water samples.

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Deng said the phenomenon was not the first to be seen in the city, citing past example of mass die-offs of fish due to lack of oxygen.