FEEDY TV: Florida declares ‘State of Emergency’ after toxic red tide outbreak

Feedy TV: August 21, 2018.

Florida has declared a state of emergency after a toxic bloom of algae, known as red tide, has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The red tide is a naturally occurring event, however it is exacerbated by sewage and fertiliser pollution from farms, and this year’s red tide is bigger and has lasted longer than in previous years.

The toxic bloom in the sea has made breathing difficult for those living in the area, as well as driving. away tourists, affecting income for local businesses and killing countless fish and marine life. Florida governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties, stretching from Tampa Bay south to the Everglades, and promised $1.5 million in emergency funding, reports The Washington Post.

Residents have reported respiratory problems from vapours coming off the red tide, making breathing difficult for those in the affected area. Worst of all, massive amounts of fish and other sea creature have been washing up on the shore due to the ‘lethally high concentrations of algae’.

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