LIMA ( Associated Press) — A truck containing 34 tons of zinc fell into a major river in Peru’s capital, affecting nearby fish farms, authorities said Tuesday.
The civil defense said that the fall of the truck on the Chillón river occurred on Monday at the height of the town of Cullhuay, in the district of Huaros, and its preliminary report specified that there are losses of “about 600 tons of trout” that are raised in fish farms The Chillón, is one of the three rivers that cross Lima.
Ángel Cayetano, owner of two affected fish farms, told The Associated Press by phone that the mineral caused the water to turn dark gray. He sent a video showing two trout on his property completely covered in the liquid of that color.
He indicated that only on Monday he had lost about 270,000 dollars. The administrators of other fish farms indicated that they were waiting for a report from the national fishing health agency to carry out evaluations and indicate the state in which the fish were found.
The water distribution company in Lima said in a statement that the spill does not affect the distribution of the liquid in the northern part of the capital. Between May and November, the company uses some 28 underground water wells because the flow of the Chillón River at this time is low.
The trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) has been raised in Peru for almost a century and was brought from the United States by two men who worked in a mine in the Andes. In 2019, a production of 50,000 tons of trout was reached, according to official data.