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40 Tons of Dead Fish Removed from Rio de Janeiro Lagoon

RIO DE JANEIRO Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have removed up to now 40 tons of dead fish that died in a city lagoon, apparently because of the lack of oxygen caused by an abnormal proliferation of algae, officials said.

The Urban Cleaning Company of Rio de Janeiro said that the phenomenon became visible on Friday when thousands of fish appeared floating on the waters of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a tourist attraction near the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

The Environment Secretariat said that the cause of the sudden, massive extermination has not yet been ascertained, but it could have been caused by the unusual proliferation of algae, which have reduced the oxygen content of the water.

The work of cleaning up the lagoon, which has an 8-kilometer (5-mile) perimeter, was being done Saturday by a hundred municipal employees.
 

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