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People warned against swimming in Váh

The District Office in the town of Trenčín is warning residents against swimming and fishing in the Váh River, after the mass death of fish in a channel of the Váh.

The fish deaths were caused by a chemical leak in a channel leading from the Ilava hydroelectric power plant to a plant in Dubnica nad Váhom.

"On July 27, an unknown dangerous chemical got into the River Váh, causing a massive loss of fish," said Miloš Gorelka from the emergency management department of the district office in Trenčín. "Thus, we are warning all residents about the possiblilty of chemicals remaining in the water and possible health risks, and we do not recommend swimming and fishing in the Váh."

The exact cause of the fish deaths will not be known until the results of water analysis are received.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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