Mobs pillage River Swat as it swells with dead and dying fish

SWAT: The commotion at River Swat on Sunday morning evoked images of the California Gold Rush – hordes of men, jostling for their bit of glitter. Unfortunately, instead of gold nuggets, the crowds, knee deep in the river, were actually panning for something silver – dead and dying fish.

Hundreds of residents from Mingora and Kanjo in Swat had rushed to the banks near Ayub Bridge carrying hooks, sheets and nets, hoping to catch what seemed to be poisoned fish, floating on the river’s surface.