The Sugar Mill molasses leak incident in Gurdaspur district of Punjab has done huge damage to aquatic life in Beas river. Several hundred fish including giant catfish have already succumbed to low oxygen level following the crisis which is still unfolding. This stretch of the Beas River provides habitat endangered aquatic animals like Dolphin and Gharial.
Reports suggest pollution reaching deep in the river and release of more water from upstream dams is required for its dilution. Punjab state is in the middle of a water crisis which the incident seems compounding further.