Srinagar | Feb 02: More than 14000 trout fish were found dead Friday morning at a farm in Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said. They said that some chemical sprayed into the Mawar nallah feeding the farm located at Katlery might have caused the deaths.
An official said that the police are investigating the incident and water samples from the Mawar stream have been sent for necessary testing to determine the cause of the deaths.
Some dead fish weighed more than two kilograms.
“The chemical was so effective that it caused deaths of more than 14000 fishes in trout farm in a few minutes,” said Showkat Ahmad, Additional Director Fisheries Kupwara who along with senior police and civil officers visited the spot.
The authorities have also issued an advisory asking people of at least 24 villages not to consume water from the stream till it is cleaned.
A team of experts from Srinagar has reached at the spot to examine the poisonous water and help determine the exact cause of mortality of fish, he added.
People have also been asked not to consume water from lift pumps including Sherhama, Pohrupet and Panditpura.