Apocalypse Mao: China’s Bloody Red Polluted Rivers

China's Red Polluted Rivers

Dye me red once, shame on you. Dye me red twice, thrice or more and this must be China! The state of China’s horribly polluted rivers is a bloody shame.

The Little Red Brook

China red polluted river Wenzhou

Oops, they did it again: all was well in Wenzhou early in the morning of Thursday, July 24th, 2014 “but then suddenly, within the space of a few minutes, the water started turning darker and eventually was completely red,” explained local resident Na Wan according to the Daily Express.

China red polluted river Wenzhou

Upon being alerted to the river’s ghastly hue, the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau swung into action and were seen taking bottles of the cherry-red river water away for further analysis. Wenzhou, a city of just over 5 million located in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, is often hailed as an example of responsible entrepreneurship and industrialism… OK, “was” hailed.

China red polluted river Wenzhou

Though certain types of algae (think “red tide”) can cause massive blooms in a variety of colors, the sudden onset of the Wenzhou river’s scarlet fever, as it were, makes this hypothesis very unlikely. At press time the cause of this latest in a long line of reddened river incidents is unknown, as there are no large chemical or dye factories upstream of the occurrence. Even so, residents reportedly noticed “a strange smell wafted through the air” at the time the river turned red.