Thousands of fish have mysteriously died in a lake in China, in what could be yet another example of the pollution plaguing the country.

The lake where the gruesome discovery was made has been described as a dark yellow colour with flies buzzing everywhere, according to Yangcheng Evening News.

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The disgusting scene

Some of the fish were already rotten and maggot-ridden, while others were being eaten by cats and birds, the paper described.

The unfortunate reporter sent on assignment to visit the site, said he could smell the stench of the rotting fish from over 500 yards away, making him feel dizzy and vomit.

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A sanitation worker removing dead fish from the vicinity of the outlet pipe, where dirty water was draining into the lake, said that due to a lack of rain, the only other water that enters the lake is polluted.

“It’s too smelly,” one man said, adding that wearing a mask was not helping at all. “I couldn’t even swallow my lunch, and just felt sick. There are at least 7.5 tons of dead fish here.”

There are said to be several plastic factories in the area, with the discharge water reportedly flowing into a spillway that drains into the lake, the Epoch Times reported.

The disturbing incident follows Chinese authorities having to clear up around 220,000 pounds of dead fish at a separate lake.

They were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said.

Inadequate controls on industry and lax enforcement of existing standards have worsened China's pollution problem, stemming from three decades of breakneck economic growth, according to reports.

Shockingly, today it emerged an eight-year-old girl has become China's youngest lung cancer patient, with doctors blaming pollution as the direct cause of her illness.

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  • A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, a net lifts up dead fish found near the outlet of the Ta'ertou pumping station along Fuhe river's Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP Photo)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, dead fish float on the water near the outlet of the Ta'ertou pumping station along Fuhe river's Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Authorities scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. (AP Photo)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, a man removes dead fish found near the outlet of the Ta'ertou pumping station along Fuhe river's Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Authorities scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. Inadequate controls on industry and lax enforcement of existing standards have worsened China's pollution problem, stemming from three decades of breakneck economic growth. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, a man removes dead fish found near the outlet of the Ta'ertou pumping station along Fuhe river's Dongxihu section in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP Photo)

  • A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. According to local media, about 30 thousand kilograms of dead fish had been cleared by late September 2. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Dead fish are seen floating on the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Dead fish are seen floating on the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Residents clear dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. According to local media, about 30 thousand kilograms of dead fish had been cleared by late September 2. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Dead fish are cleared from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. According to local media, about 30 thousand kilograms of dead fish had been cleared by late September 2. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This picture taken on September 3, 2013 shows dead fish floating on the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pollution Kills Thousands Of Fish In Wuhan

    People salvage dead fish in a river on September 3, 2013 in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

  • A man looks at dead fish floating on the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013 after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. According to local media, about 30 thousand kilograms of dead fish had been cleared by late September 2. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This picture taken on September 3, 2013 shows a fisherman looking at the dead fish floating on the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province after large amounts of dead fish began to be surface early the day before. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)