Germany investigates massive fish kill in the Oder

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Peter Kavinsky

German authorities have launched an investigation into the massive fish deaths in the Oder River, with results expected next week.

This publication reports: Zeitreports Ukrinform.

As noted, experts found a large amount of dissolved salts in the water. However, this can be followed by several factors. Preliminary laboratory analyzes have not yet provided accurate information about the causes of water pollution and fish kills.

According to Axel Vogel, Minister of the Environment of the state of Brandenburg, this salinity in the water is “completely atypical”. Versions of the ingress of heavy metals, mercury and other parts into the water are being considered.

“Today’s data point to multiple causal relationships, including today’s very low emissions and high water temperatures,” Vogel said.

At the same time, he expressed the hope that the quality of underground (drinking) water will remain normal.

In several towns of Brandenburg, many dead fish have been seized from the Oder. Conservationists fear far-reaching consequences for the habitats of many species. People are warned against swimming and fishing.

At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the deaths of fish in the Oder were likely caused by chemical waste that ended up in the water.

According to Polish radio, preliminary findings indicate that the Oder may be contaminated in the area of ​​the Lipki Dam near Olawa in Lower Silesia Voivodeship. The water became muddy and dirty, and thousands of dead fish floated to the surface. The matter is under investigation by the relevant services and the military has been involved in the removal of the dead fish.

In the Voivodeships of West Pomerania, Lubusz and Lower Silesia, access to the Oder was banned due to the massive death of fish along the riverbed.

Prime Minister Morawiecki announced on social media that he had decided to fire the head of the Polish water company Przemysław Daci and the head of the chief inspectorate for environmental protection, Michal Mistšak.

The Oder flows through the territory of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Photo: Patrick Pleul/​dpa

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