Friday, 25. July 2014
13. 05. 14. - 16:00
If it was nature that changed the river it would be a thing of beauty, but man-made chemicals lie at the heart of this kaleidoscope of colour.
In Liwu village in Guangdong province in south-eastern China an unscrupulous printing works tried to discharge polluted water into a swollen river next to the plant.
But bosses had not counted on the dyes of the printing ink remaining as strong as they did, and when they saw the river had turned bright red, they foolishly tried to die it back again by using a blue die.
"They thought that it would disperse quickly in the swift waters of the river but they were mistaken," said a spokesperson for the police, who moved in to shut the plant down after the vivid reds and then the blues changed the colour of the water for miles around.
"The boss thought he could take advantage of the heavy rain to discharge the polluted water and then no people would know the source of the pollution," added the police officer.
The printing ink has been proved to be highly toxic and there are fears of mass poisoning of fish, frogs and wildfowl that inhabit the river.
Local fisherman Wang Zhingdao, 56, said: "When I arrived on the morning after the discharge I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought nature must have conjured up some magic. But then I saw fish floating on the surface and a strange acetone smell in the air.
"I am told they tried to dump the red die, and when they saw how vivid the colour was, they had tried to die the river back again by using blue, but it looked even more unnatural.
"Now we have been told we cannot fish for a month while tests are carried out. So my family will have to go hungry because of the greed of managers at this plant. I hope they go to jail."
Locals say the bosses of the factory wanted to save thousands on costly treatments to neutralise the dyes before they can be released into the water. Now they face multiple charges of despoiling the environment.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.
Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation.
Priests Furious After Porn Films Shot In Local Parish Church
A furious Austrian Catholic priest has complained to police after discovering a local woman had apparently been using his church as a studio to make porn films.
Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing
An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car – and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Vintage Luxury Car Prepared For Prince Philip Rusts In Romanian Car Park|
|Michael Schumacher Family In Talks With Micro Chip Docs|
|Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party|
|Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond|
|Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.