Mass Fish Deaths in Upper Nile River
Discovery Communications, April 1, 1999
Floating carcasses of fish, hippos and crocodiles in the famed Nile River of southern Sudan have alarmed local residents and baffled government officials. Residents in the town of Juba believe the river's polluted waters are causing the deaths, and refuse to use the water or eat any of the fish from the Nile. One environmental official described the river water as "greenish and smelly because of the decomposing marine creatures." The local government on Tuesday issued a statement saying that laboratory tests had established that the water was safe for human consumption. The water scare has aggravated an already acute shortage of water, with Sudanese lining up around the few wells scattered in town.