CAIRO: A large number of dead fish were found floating on the Nile River Wednesday leaving a stench in Fooh City in Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh governorate , Youm7 reported.
The incident was reported due to ammonia poisoning after contamination from factory waste water, Ahmed Derbala, one of the city’s residents, told Youm7.
He added there are many dead fish in the Nile due to the existing problem, which according to youth coalitions in the city has not received attention by authorities.
Derbala demanded authorities open Edfena Aqueduct to discharge the polluted water and El Qanater el Khayreyya Bridge in Rosetta branch of the Nile River to pump the unpolluted water.
The dead fish were collected to be eliminated amid fears of vendors selling them to the residents.
Kafr el-Sheikh governor El-Sayed Nasr formed a committee Wednesday to take water samples for examination to ensure the city water is potable.
Gehan Talya, a member of the Egyptian Council for Youth leaders, said “we warned against this this disaster several times, but none of the officials of Fooh city or any authorities have responded to us.”
The dead fish include Silverfish, Mullet and Tilapia; all bred in fish farms on the Rosetta branch.
At least two incidents took place in the Nile branch city of Rosetta last year over similar circumstances.
One of them was in June, where officials reported that ammonia poisoning and lack of oxygen in the water was the cause behind fish suffocation due to hot weather.
Another incident occurred in Alexandria in November 2015, where a mass fish death reported due to water was mixed with sewage coming from the Citadel of Qaitbay.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Soliman from Kafr el-Sheikh