No pollution detected in River Nemunas in Lithuania – ministry

  • 2020-06-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – No pollution has been detected in the River Nemunas in Lithuania, based on the initial test results.

"The initial results do now show any increased pollution, but let's wait for the full results expected later this week. Additional samples will be taken near Druskininkai and Alytus on Saturday and Monday," Environment Minister Kestutis Mazeika told BNS on Tuesday.

Experts from Lithuania's Environmental Protection Agency took water samples from the River Nemunas near the southern cities of Alytus and Druskininkai on Monday in response to reports of large numbers of dead fish and other animals in the river near Grodno in Belarus.

Dmitry Vinchevsky, a Belarusian ornithologist, shared photos of dead fish and other animals on Sunday, and his post was shared by Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve Directorate.

There have been several reports in the Belarusian media on anglers having seen large numbers of dead fish and other animals in Grodno.