After dead pig fiasco, 1,000 expired ducks fished out of Sichuan river

AFP-JIJI

At least 1,000 dead ducks were found floating in a Chinese river, state media reported Monday, after Shanghai said it had almost finished recovering thousands of deceased pigs from its main waterway.

The ducks were fished out of a section of river by authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency said.

They were then buried in plastic bags 3 meters underground, the report added. It did not specify how the ducks had died.

The report came after Shanghai officials said a cleanup was close to ending after an embarrassing pollution case that saw dead pigs floating down the city’s main river, with the total number recovered standing at more than 16,000.

China’s commercial hub recovered 98 pigs on Sunday from the Huangpu River and 93 on Saturday, the authorities said, the first time the daily toll had fallen below a hundred in days.

The total number Shanghai had removed from the river, which supplies 22 percent of the city’s drinking water, had reached 10,924 as of Sunday afternoon.

In addition, Jiaxing in neighboring Zhejiang Province, whose farmers are accused by Shanghai of dumping the dead pigs into the river upstream, had found 5,528 carcasses, state radio said last week.