Shanghai’s dead pig count soars to 6,000

AFP-JIJI

The number of dead pigs found in Shanghai’s main river has doubled in two days to nearly 6,000, the city’s government said, as residents worried over the water supply and questioned the handling of the incident.

Shanghai has pulled 5,916 dead pigs out of the Huangpu River, which cuts through China’s commercial hub and supplies 22 percent of its water, since Saturday, the local government said Tuesday.

The number of pigs removed — believed to have been dumped by farmers upstream after dying of disease — has started to fall on a daily basis and water quality is within national standards, it added.