China’s ‘River of Blood’: Jian Turns Red After Chemical Dump

Visitors to the Jian River in Luoyang, China were shocked earlier this week when they saw the water had become a “river of blood,” dyed bright red after an illegal dye dump by nearby chemical plant, an incident that has since launched an official investigation by the Luoyang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.

The Jian (or Jianhe) River runs through Luoyang in the Henan province. Locals were subject to the water’s eerie, blood-like color for several days before government officials tracked the source of the color not to a Moses-like End Times but to two small chemical plants dumping red dye into the city’s storm water pipe.

A journalist takes a sample of the red polluted water in the Jian(he) River in Luoyang, Henan province. (Reuters/China Daily)

The sources of the pollution have been traced to two chemical plants discharging their production waste water into the river’s sewer pipes. (Reuters/China Daily)

When it first appeared, the lurid shade of the water in the Jian River caused even residents who’d seen the river change color to think of a biblical “river of blood.” (Reuters/China Daily)

The Luoyang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau worked to shut down the workshops, and to disassemble the workshops’ machinery. (Reuters/China Daily)

The river lost its gruesome red color on Dec. 15, and government officials are continuing to investigate the two chemical plants. (Reuters/China Daily)

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