240 tonnes of algae cleared from Chinese port

July 11th, 2011 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 11 (IANS) Beach workers and volunteers have cleaned up over 240 tonnes of green algae from the coastline of Qingdao, a port city in China’s Shandong province.

More green algae was washed ashore Monday, leaving a green “carpet” about 400 meters long and 30 meters wide on the beach near downtown Qingdao, reported Xinhua.

Some 40 school students joined beach workers to remove the algae Monday.

“It has a disgusting smell and ruins our holiday. Now it’s impossible to swim in the sea,” said a woman surnamed Yang.

Local residents and soldiers removed tens of thousands of tonnes of it in 2008 before the sailing events of the Olympics in Qingdao.

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