(NDJ) – The normally crystal blue Ypacarai lake in Paraguay has turned bile green. The poison waters are killing off all marine live.
NDJ World | Published: Feb 04 2013 South America→World News
Garbage dumping and untreated sewer drainage into the lake are the primary reason for poisonous algae to grow freely, turning the once crystal blue lake into a muddy deep green color.
The toxic algae killed off most of the lake’s fish, resulting in a foul stench hanging over the lake. People living near the Ypacarai lake must wear face masks and the local beach, Playa De Aregua – Aregua Beach, has been shut down.
The poisonous blue/green algae, often referred to as ‘cyanobacteria‘ where discovered about five months ago. Yet already they have caused irreparable damage to the lake and its surroundings.
Paraguay’s minister for the environment stated that a large scale cleaning effort is needed to purify the lake. “That includes building a network of sewer drainages,” said the minister.
The algae produce toxic fumes that can even be deadly to livestock and house pets and flourishes during warm weather.
The toxic fumes are also dangerous for people. Inhaling the poison air could lead to severe intestinal cramps and stomach problems.
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