Drought blamed as thousands of fish found dead in Lampang
Hundreds of villagers gathered in Lampang on Sunday after thousands of fish were found dead in the Nam Wang river.
The death of fish is being blamed on the severe drought affecting many parts of Thailand, reports Manager.co.th.
Municipal officials said that the lack of water caused and a sudden decrease in oxygen levels which resulted in the death of the fish.
Locals first spotted the dead fish on Sunday morning and by late Sunday evening more than 100 people were said to be collecting the dead fish from the water.
A villager who lives nearby the river told local reporters that an unusual smell of fish was coming from the water on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning they woke up to find the whole river full with dead fish.
The low water levels in Nam Wang is the result of the local authority draining water out the river so it can be used in drought hit areas throughout the province. The water was drained so that the river could then take more water from Kiw Lom dam as part of the water management during the current drought crisis.
However, the draining of the water resulted in oxygen levels dropping too low for the fish meaning they had an insufficient amount of oxygen to survive.