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Thousands of dead pigs in Shanghai raise fears for water supply

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:33 a.m. HST, Mar 16, 2013

BEIJING >> The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China's financial hub of Shanghai has reached nearly 12,000.

The upstream city of Jiaxing — where small hog farms are prevalent — reported Friday night that it had recovered 3,601 dead pigs from its streams, according to state media.

In Shanghai, authorities have retrieved 8,354 swollen and rotting carcasses from Huangpu river, which provides the metropolis with drinking water. The dead pigs are largely believed to be from Jiaxing, but Zhao Shumei, a deputy vice mayor, said it was inconclusive to say all the pigs were from her city.

Both Shanghai, a city of 23 million people, and Jiaxing say there's been no swine epidemic and that tap water remains safe, but local residents remain worried about water contamination.

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Skyler wrote:
Unbelievable. They can't possibly be serious that the water is safe to drink after all those corpses have been floating in it! Oh, it's in China? Yeah, they're serious.
on March 16,2013 | 02:50AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
I'd be more concerned if it's a new influenza strain that killed them. A strain that could end up here.
on March 16,2013 | 05:47PM
sukebesan wrote:
Those Chinese pig farmers took the quickest and easy way out of their huge disposal problem - they just floated them down river. As they typically say: Out of sight, out of mind
on March 16,2013 | 05:31AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 09:30AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
I'm sure they'd sell them to you real cheap, why don't you contact them and make an offer?
on March 16,2013 | 05:43PM
SweetWilliam wrote:
This is nasty.
on March 16,2013 | 06:07AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
what the heck kind of reporting is this. ap is just as bad ad sa. where's the basics of journalism? i want to know why the pigs died. did the pigs come from one farm or many. did all the pigs from the farm die or half or a third or a fourth...
on March 16,2013 | 07:39AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Ambien - or was it a new influenza strain.
on March 16,2013 | 05:48PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
uh, cf4, try no comment unless you know about ambien. i use it in my screen name as a sarcastic disparagement of the drug. yeah, good sex, but it causes memory loss, it has been known to cause sleep driving, sleep walking, sleep anything. and it is a known dfsa drug. bad stuff. thank you for the opportunity to educate you of this insidious drug. i also use it as my excuse for my nonsensical postings.
on March 16,2013 | 10:11PM
HD36 wrote:
No Kau Yuk for me.
on March 16,2013 | 09:29AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I worked in Shanghai in the late 1990s and was shocked at the horrible condition of the water ways. They all were brown and filled with garbage of all kinds. It was enough to make a maggot vomit. By comparison, the Ala Wai Canal looked like an alpine spring.
on March 16,2013 | 10:44AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
dude, i was in guangzhou in 1997, stayed at the white swan hotel, right on the pearl river. every morning 3 men in a row boat picked up debris and whatevers from the water. i saw people fishing there. i submit that it was way cleaner than the ala wai.
on March 16,2013 | 08:29PM
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