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Manila Rivers Called Biologically Dead

September 23, 1987|From Reuters

MANILA — Rivers in the Philippine capital are biologically dead because of industrial pollution and environmental decay, the Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday.

Department spokesman Amando Dayrit said industrial waste and garbage have killed marine life in metropolitan Manila's 40 rivers, and the dirty water poses a health hazard to thousands of people living on squatter colonies lining river banks.

"There are no more fish or any other living organisms in these rivers," he said.

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