• Short Summary

    MILLIONS OF TROUT DIED AND HUNDREDS OF ITALIANS FACED SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARDS AFTER A MECHANIC AT A CHROME PLATING FACTORY ACCIDENTALLY DUMPED A QUANTITY OF POTASSIUM CYANIDE INTO A CANAL OF THE RIVER SARCA, NEAR TRENTO, ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28.

  • Description

    MILLIONS OF TROUT DIED AND HUNDREDS OF ITALIANS FACED SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARDS AFTER A MECHANIC AT A CHROME PLATING FACTORY ACCIDENTALLY DUMPED A QUANTITY OF POTASSIUM CYANIDE INTO A CANAL OF THE RIVER SARCA, NEAR TRENTO, ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28.

    THE SARCA IS ONE OF ITALY'S RICHEST FISHING RIVERS AND THE POISON KILLED THE ENTIRE STOCK OF THREE TROUT FARMS.

    AS SANITARY OFFICIALS SUPERVISED THE REMOVAL OF THE DEAD FISH AND THE CLEANING OF THE RIVER, POLICE AND SQUADS OF VOLUNTEERS MOVED DOWNSTREAM TO WARN RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL DANGER.

    SYNOPSIS: THE RIVER SARCA NEAR TRENTO IN NORTHERN ITALY, IS NORMALLY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S RICHEST FISHING RIVERS, BUT ON THURSDAY APRIL 29, IT WAS NOTHING BUT A HUGE CEMETERY OF DEAD TROUT. THE DAY BEFORE, A MECHANIC AT A NEARBY CHROME PLATING FACTORY HAD ACCIDENTALLY DUMPED A QUANTITY OF POTASSIUM CYANIDE INTO A CANAL LEADING INTO THE SARCA - AND THE RESULT WAS MILLIONS OF DEAD TROUT.

    THE TROUT BEING WASHED UP ALONG THE SARCA AND NEARBY STREAMS WERE THE ENTIRE STOCKS OF THREE LARGE FISH FARMS - AND A GOOD PART OF NEXT SUMMER'S SPORT FOR FISHERMEN WHO FLOCK TO THIS DOLOMITE AREA FOR THEIR HOLIDAYS.

    THE MILLIONS OF DEAD FISH ARE NOT THE ONLY PROBLEM ARISING OUT OF THE DISASTROUS DUMPING OF THE POISON - HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES WHO LIVE ALONG THE RIVER SARCA AND ITS STREAMS, USING ITS WATERS FOR DOMESTIC AND BUSINESS PURPOSES, ARE BEING WARNED OF HEALTH HAZARDS WHICH COULD ARISE FROM THE POLLUTION.

    AS POLICE AND SQUADS OF VOLUNTEERS WERE TRAVELLING ALONG THE RIVER'S COURSE TO WARN INHABITANTS OF THE DANGERS TO THE AREA, SANITARY OFFICIALS SUPERVISED THE CLEANING OF THE RIVER. ONCE IT HAS BEEN CLEARED, DISINFECTANTS WILL BE POURED IN TO HELP PURIFY THE WATERS.

    THE MILLIONS OF DEAD FISH WERE TAKEN TO SPECIAL DUMPING AREAS OUTSIDE THE CITY - WHERE THEY WILL BE BURIED AFTER BEING COVERED WITH DISINFECTANT. IN THE MEANTIME, AUTHORITIES HAVE STARTED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW THE POISON COULD HAVE BEEN POURED INTO THE RIVER SARCA - AND HOW A REPETITION OF THE DISASTER CAN BE AVERTED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA94R1C63RH7FOZ8CVRAAAAK2FV
    Media URN:
    VLVA94R1C63RH7FOZ8CVRAAAAK2FV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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