Up to 100 tonnes of fish are estimated to have died in a pond in the Břeclav region in south Moravia due to a low level of water, which led to a low concentration of oxygen. The incident happened on Thursday, which was the hottest day so far this year.
Around two dozen fishermen are at the site removing the dead carp and silverfish from the water. According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses are estimated at several million crowns.
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.
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