More than 90 tons of fish died after gale-force winds hit the Tonle Chhmar Fish Conservation Center in Kompong Thom province Wednesday, according to local officials.
The gale started around 2:30 p.m. and lasted for approximately half an hour, said Korn Chanseiha, the Ministry of Agriculture administrator for Stong district.
“Yesterday we had a gale storm and a huge amount of fish died,” Mr. Chanseiha said.
He said the fish are believed to have died after water was blown out of the lake as huge gusts of wind enveloped the conservation center.
A local official said that while fish have been killed in similar circumstances before, this is the most extreme example he has ever witnessed.
“The most amount of fish I have witnessed killed was 40 tons, this is over 90,” said Khun Bunh, district military police commander.
Local villagers Wednesday attempted to collect the dead fish at the conservation center for selling and eating, Mr. Bunh said. Fishing is usually forbidden at the conservation center.
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