Blod red rivers.
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Some alarm was noted in Lebanon over the weekend when photos shared on social media showed a river in the country’s east had turned crimson red.
Footage of the river Bardawni in the city of Zahle quickly went viral, prompting government officials to investigate. Authorities said the likely cause of the water’s discoloration was red dye spilled into the river by a local place of business.
The environment ministry said it would “take the maximum action against anyone who appears in the investigation, causing this pollution or contributing to it.”
Pictures show the unnatural red colour of the river amid fears of a leakage of contamination from a factory.
However, experts say they so far cannot pinpoint the cause of what state news agency Itar-Tass called a ‘Biblical bombshell’.
Residents in Tyumen region complain that the authorities are slow to ascertain whether there are health risks.
Maria Parashchenko, from Novotarmansky village, said: ‘The River Molchanka turned red, or red-orange about a week ago.
The unusual colour is best noticed between the settlements of Novotarmansky and Molchanova.’
She said: ’The colour doesn’t seem to change in hue or intensity.’
Another resident said: ‘This could be very serious.’