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02/07/2013 13:08 BST | Updated 02/07/2013 13:51 BST

Thousands Of Fish Die In Mexican Reservoir Contamination (PICTURES)

Some 500 tonnes of fish have washed up on the banks of a Mexican reservoir amid allegations a local firm dumped hundreds of litres of molasses into it.

The fish had been starved of oxygen and died from asphyxiation, Acatlan de Juarez mayor Emeterio Corona told AFP.

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Some 500 tonnes of fish have washed up on the banks of the reservoir

While he did not name the firm, he added: “The environment and the sustenance of everybody (in the community) was damaged. What will they live off? I’m outraged. This is a tragedy.”

Some 180 families are reported to live off fishing at the reservoir in Jalisco state, the BBC reports.

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