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Why is the Yangtze River red?

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A stretch of China’s mighty Yangtze River, near the city of Chongqing, has turned an alarming shade of red. The cause of the colouring is still unclear. One possible cause of the colouration may be suspended sediments, following heavy rains upstream. read more

A section of the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China, has turned bright red. The cause is still being investigated, but officials say it may have been caused by recent floods stirring up silt upstream. The Environmental Protection Bureau is also looking into potential industrial pollution or sewage breaches. read more

Jianfeng Xiao, chief of the bureau told China News that the river is home to a food coloring company, a paper manufacturer, and clothing-maker. A man looks at a contaminated river in Cangnan county of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on July 24. read more