Authorities are still removing dead pigs from the Huangpu River near Shanghai. This is after over 2,000 have already been removed. According to a March 11 report by the BBC, authorities are working quickly before the dead pigs contaminate the water supply for Shanghai.
The cause of death for the thousands of pigs is still unknown. It is believed that the dead pigs were dumped there by farmers upriver. It is unclear why the farmers dumped the pigs in the river.
'That is really gross,” Cole Wilhite, from Oklahoma City, said. “I hope they get the dead pigs out of the river fast. If not, lots of people could die. I can't imagine it taking them so long to get them out. There must be a faster way to get dead pigs out of a river.”
The Chinese government is being criticized for their slow response. Chinese authorities have been working since last Thursday to remove the dead pigs and it is unknown how many more dead pigs are in the river.
At the time of publication, the water supply has not be affected by the dead pigs in the river. Unless the dead pigs are removed, their cause of death determined and the water is tested, the drinking will likely be affected.