The number of dead pigs found in a river that provides drinking water to Shanghai, China, has risen to 8,354, after local authorities retrieved a further 809 carcasses on Friday. The Guardian reports on this strange happening
The Shanghai municipal government has repeatedly assured the city’s 23 million residents that tap water remains safe. However, locals remain worried about water contamination from the swollen and rotting carcasses in the Huangpu river.
The dead pigs are believed to be come from farms upstream in the Jiaxing area in neighbouring Zhejiang province. A surge in pig dumping has followed police campaigns against the sale of pork products made from diseased pigs.
Chinese state media said one Jiaxing pig farmer had admitted to pig dumping and was under investigation.
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