Hundreds of fish die in tank of Sri Kapali Temple. What caused this?

Hundreds of fish were found dead and floating in the waters of the tank of Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. On Monday, workers used barges and nets to clear all the dead fish.

The cause of this occurence has not been clearly outlined by people who may have knowledge of this development.

Mylapore MLA Dha Velu, who visited the spot on Monday, told the media that the death must have been caused by the oil poured into hundreds of lamps placed on the steps of the tank for Karthikgai Deepam, flowing into the water after it rained.

But volunteers at the tank say that the dead fish were seen floating in the south west corner of the tank from 5 pm onwards when it had not rained yet. They contest the MLA’s stand.

Others say that the water that flowed into the tank from this point, where the outlet from local drains is located was dirty and smelly on Sunday evening and that may have caused the fish to die.

A few others say that the variation in oxygen levels in the water due to steady rainwater inflow into the tank can also cause death of fish.