Fish and shrimps run adrift into Da River shore

A strange phenomenon began occurring June 2 at the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam in the lower Da River, mysteriously causing massive amounts of shrimp and fish to drift ashore.  It is unclear why the river is expelling so many shrimp and fish.

A strange phenomenon began occurring June 2 at the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam in the lower Da River, mysteriously causing massive amounts of shrimp and fish to drift ashore.  It is unclear why the river is expelling so many shrimp and fish.

Massive amounts of shrimps and fishes drift Da River ashore on June 2. (Photo:vfei.vn)

Massive amounts of shrimps and fishes drift Da River ashore on June 2. (Photo:vfei.vn)

The number of fish and shrimp washed up along the river is so gargantuan that people stand upon the embankments, easily able to gather over ten kilograms of seafood apiece.

Hundreds of people in Hoa Binh City flock to the river to watch in awe and bring home fish; some individuals have profited up to VND10,000 million (US$526) as a result of the surreal river incident.

According to some people within the Tan Thinh Ward, the culprit responsible for the bizarre development is heavy rainfall that has oversaturated the forest, which in turn has caused the river to become abnormally congested with tree leaves. As the theory goes, the washed up fish and shrimp experience an odd sensation from the overflow of foliage, and evict themselves from the river amidst their confusion.

Hoa Binh Province authorities have yet to examine the issue scientifically, while people continue to “catch” bounties of bewilderedly dead fish without forbiddance.

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