BUJUMBURA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Burundian Second Vice-President Joseph Butore on Tuesday called for urgent measures to stop the pollution of Lake Tanganyika.
"Urgent and concrete measures need to be taken to stop the pollution of Lake Tanganyika waters," Butore said after visiting the shores of the lake in the capital city Bujumbura.
"People entitled to take measures should do it quickly because the lake is facing a real threat of pollution. Sanctions will be taken against polluters of the lake," he said.
He said there is a terrible smell near a tannery company located near the lake shores, adding that the aim of the visit was to verify reports that reached his office on the pollution of Lake Tanganyika.
He added that Bujumbura city residents should be taught how to protect the lake biodiversity.
Lake Tanganyika is the world's second largest freshwater lake by volume and the second deepest lake with over 350 species of fish. Enditem