Shocked Villagers Find Their River Has Turned Blood Red

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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This is the moment stunned villagers find their local river has turned blood red.

The Qingwan River running through the town of Dali, which is in Yulin City in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, irrigates local farmland.

Residents reported seeing the disturbing colour change on 2nd July, and reported the phenomenon to authorities, calling it “duck-blood red”.

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Footage taken the villagers show the entire upper reaches of the Qingwan River having turned bright red – a striking contrast to the green grass riverbanks.

The local environmental bureau said its investigators found red powder residue further downstream, as well as a plastic bag marked ‘printing and dyeing agent’.

The bag holds 25 kilogrammes (55 pounds) and contained a solid block of the red agent, which officials believe was deliberately tossed into the river.

Investigators are now attempting to trace the plastic packet further upstream to possible printing or textile dyeing factories.

It is still unclear whether the red waste water will cause an immediate threat to local crops or wildlife.

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