原文标题：Pigs, ducks and now bodies in China river
BEIJING: A city government in northwestern China has said it fishes out 100 human bodies every year from the Yellow River, a major source of irrigation and drinking water across a large part of the country. Most of the bodies flow downstream and get stuck near a local hydropower station, municipal authorities in Lanzhou in Ganshu province said.
The statement by Lanzhou authorities comes within days of 16,000 dead pigs being found in a river near Shanghai, and 1,000 dead ducks fished out of another river in China’s Sichuan province.
As with authorities in two other cities, Lanzhou officials said human bodies do not affect the quality of the water in the river, and this was borne out in monthly inspections on the city’s drinking water supply. These are mostly bodies of swimmers who drown or people committing suicide, it said.
Shanghai authorities have also taken a similar stand saying the pigs found floating in the river died of a disease that does not affect human beings. But questions are being raised about how the water remained unaffected by decomposing bodies.
The civil affairs bureau said it will stop the use of private divers who help families of the deceased to take out the bodies for a fee. The standard procedure is deploying staff members for this work and help the family members identity it, the bureau said.
Maybe they should rename the river as “Ganga”.
dead bodies in river ? breed aligator there and they can eat all dead bodies problem solved
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hsa (ind) replies to ash
Alligators will become man eaters then. They will prey on villagers who depends upon the river.
It happens all around the world where there are huge Dams….humans & animal bodies are a regular issue.
SOM NATH SHARMA (New Delhi,India)
China does everything on gigantic scale. Consequences are also gigantic. Is it environment disaster or a routine Chinese puzzle, we are going learn in due course of time.
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Sheikh (Khag Budgam Kashmir)
Billions of population 100 is very ok as compered to pollution
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This news is very misleading. The dead bodies should be the people who drowned in the river and have only be blocked by the dam. They are not thrown into the river as in Ganges. If you go to Yangtze river, there could be much more.
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Thomas George (Goa) replies to badegg
100 would be like the number of bodies floating in the Ganges near Varanasi every week. Let us not count those in the rest of the river or those already eaten by the turtles. The appearance and magnification of this article in India was expected.
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Suk Ma Cok (Shangay) replies to Thomas George
Chinks supporting the official govt view! What a surprise!
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All the ingredients for Chinese Soup…
Rob (New Delhi)
What about over hundred bodies of still born babies and Saints ( Sadhus ) disposed in Indian Rivers on DAILY basis !!( Especially at Haridawar , Varanasi , Allahabad etc !! Why are we talking about others when our water bodies are beyond repair ??
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Vasoo (TN) replies to Rob 4 hrs ago
…………………………………….. bcos we are Indians. We only point fingers.
Priyanka Bhinde Salunkhe (Netherlands)
How can not dead bodies pollute water? I am sure Indian river dead bodies number would be way higher than China’s. However water purification projects should be started. No water is worth drinking if it had dead bodies in it, may it be of Humans or Animals! One can have alligators or vultures near the banks to ensure proper disposal of dead.
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Surya Mohan (Allen Texas USA)
Heights of ignorance and heights of carelessness of keeping source of drinking water free of decomposing of even human bodies besides pigs, ducks etc. How irresponsible have been some of the answers that it does not affect drinking water? Shame Shame to the authorities
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Sameoldass (Alabama) replies to Surya Mohan
You would find more bodies in the Mississippi every year. So learn to think rationally in your white home.
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Taurus (california) replies to Sameoldass
Find more bodies in Mississippi river than you find in the river at China. What is your source of information. In your case, ignorance surely is a bliss and befits your name..
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Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha (Clinton, USA)
At least these are accidents. but in the Ganges river it is reported that it is not that uncommon to see bodies or body parts partially cremated, floating down the river. Flesh eating turtles and crocodiles have been introduced into the river in the past but the lack of sufficient wood leaves many dead bodies partially cremated before they are dumped into the Ganges.
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Taurus (california) replies to Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha
If they already have flesh eating turtles and crocodile, then why even bother to cremate. Just dump the bodies in the river and let the crocodiles have a feast. The river is already polluted. This sure will help reduce both the water and air pollution and save the wood. That will help with the deforestation also.
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