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Philippines: 3 more villages report fish kill
By Erwin P. Nicavera, 26th May 2016;
Three more villages in Isabela, Negros Occidental, situated along Binalbagan River reported a fish kill, but these recent incidents have not affected the livelihood of the residents, said Arturo Calma, municipal agriculture officer.
Aside from Tinongan and Panaquiao, Calma told Sun.Star Bacolod on Wednesday that also affected were Barangays 5, Bungahin, and Poblacion between Monday and Tuesday.
Calma said at least 500 residents of the five barangays living near the river were affected. Sugarcane farming is their main source of living.
“The fish kill is not a threat to the livelihood of the residents in the affected areas, only to their health thus, we have warned them to stop getting dead fish from the river for consumption,” he added.
The Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) earlier said that the fish kill was possibly caused by sulfur contamination following heavy rains that washed out ash fall emitted by Mt. Kanlaon.
PDMPD said high contamination of sulfur in the river might have resulted from the pyroclastic material flow brought by the recent ash fall emission of the volcano, which is “normal occurrence” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Fisheries Division, which took water and mud samples from the river, has yet to release the result of the laboratory analysis.
Aside from Isabela, fish kill incidents were also reported in some areas of Binalbagan and Moises Padilla.
OPA said La Castellana was found negative for fish kill.
For the remaining towns, there are no confirmations yet, thus monitoring and assessment continue.