German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke warned of an impending environmental catastrophe on Friday, in light of the massive mass mortality of fish in the Oder River.
“I am very shocked and worried about the fish dying in the Oder. An ecological catastrophe is taking shape,” the minister from the Green Party told the RND media group on Friday.
“Several parties are currently working at full speed to clarify the causes of the mass mortality of fish, thus keeping further potential harm (from the mortality) to a minimum,” Lemke added.
The comments came after thousands of dead fish were discovered in the Oder River, which flows along part of the German-Polish border.
Also, the Polish authorities reported that 10 tons of dead fish had been recovered. The exact cause of the mass death is still unknown.
For his part, said Axel Vogel, Minister of Environment in the state of Brandenburg, eastern Germany, that the reason may be due to a number of factors such as heat, low water levels, and the high concentration of toxic substances in the river water.