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‘Rainbow River’: Unused Medicine Capsules Dumped in Henan Ditch

A ditch in Zhengzhou, Hunan has become a 'rainbow river' after someone illegally dumped thousands of empty medicine capsules into the water.

From NetEase:

Large Quantity of Empty Medicine Capsules Dumped Into Zhengzhou Sewer, Transforming it Into “Rainbow River.”

April 21st, in an open sewer ditch on Zhengshang Road in Zhengzhou, a large quantity of empty medicine capsules appeared overnight, turning 300 meters of the ditch into a “rainbow river”. Some of the capsules have already been washed downstream, dying the river blue-green. Nearby residents stated there isn’t a pharmaceutical factory nearby, so perhaps the capsules were secretly manufactured in an illegal small workshop.

Yesterday afternoon, village director Sun Baozhou in a telephone interview said he wasn’t aware of the capsules discovered in the ditch, though confirmed there is no pharmaceutical factory nearby. He said that previously there was a small pharmaceutical workshop in the village, which was dealt with months ago, and in light of the present situation might be again secretly producing capsules. “We will again investigate the village to see whether this kind of workshop exists, and if we find it, we will immediately take care of it.” At the local police station, in the Police Affairs Office, officer Miao Yunzhan was also unaware of the capsule situation.

Reporters note: at the village entrance a 360 degree webcam is installed, as for whether it is operational or not, Miao Yunzhan and Sun Baozhou both were not able to clearly say.

A ditch in Zhengzhou, Hunan has become a 'rainbow river' after someone illegally dumped thousands of empty medicine capsules into the water.

A ditch in Zhengzhou, Hunan has become a 'rainbow river' after someone illegally dumped thousands of empty medicine capsules into the water.

Comments from NetEase:

呆球球走资派 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

If you agree we should stuff these in the mouth of every wumao, raise your hand!

徐州人民欢迎你 [网易江苏省徐州市网友]:

Unscrupulous Businessman: “Government leader, with people making such a big fuss right now, what should I do with all of this fake medicine?”

Government leader: “Right now the situation is tight, better quickly get rid of this stuff or else even I won’t be able to help you.”

And so you have this scene.

爷的心思你不懂 [网易北京市网友]:

Counterfeiters really are repulsive, not only Henan, but the entire country is doing this kind of immoral thing.

赖子 [网易广东省韶关市网友]:

Didn’t they say whoever polluted is whoever should clean it up? Let them dredge it all up and eat it.

阿童木48694810 [网易黑龙江省双鸭山市网友]:

Do we still not know who dumped this? And they’re not being punished? What a tragedy.

红红的一瞥 [网易河北省廊坊市网友]:

The industries that can make you rich have all been monopolized, many people have no choice but to engage in this type of business, this isn’t the first time nor the last. So sad!

网易云南省红河州网友:

With the water having been polluted, how could our bodies not be “polluted”? Let these manufacturing industries eat shit, let them have a taste of “pollution”.

彼比 [网易广东省深圳市网友] (responding to above):

Let me say again, the manufacturing industry isn’t the main problem, the weakness of our regulatory bodies is the main problem. Please everyone rationally approach this problem, don’t let certain people distract you with contradictions.

流星划过的伤 [网易江苏省南京市手机网友]:

What else remains that can incite the passion of Chinese? Gutter oil? Poisoned milk powder? Poisoned medicine capsules? Poisoned yogurt? Poisoned gelatin?

滑衫轮贱 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Just from eating this, your back won’t be sore, your leg’s won’t pain you, and you can last all night in bed!!!

网易陕西省手机网友:

Fucking Henan people again

流氓小亨 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

Chinese people don’t know how to protect the environment, don’t understand how to recycle. Take these to a leather factory to process and you can make many pairs of leather shoes to wear! [Note: This post is referencing an earlier news story that uncovered scrap leather being used to make medicine capsules]

A Henan ditch is filled with millions of illegally dumped but colorful empty medicine capsules.A Henan ditch is filled with millions of illegally dumped but colorful empty medicine capsules.

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