NIBONG TEBAL: Thousands of dead fish were found blanketing the surface of Sungai Kerian at Kampung Jajar, Jalan Trans Kerian. Mohd Hafizi Mohd Jamaluddin, 20, a resident who stays near by the river, said the fish began floating to the surface of the river since Tuesday. Speaking to reporters here today, he said the dead fish include catfish and mayong fish. "There are more dead fish in the river today and it is causing an awful smell around our living area now. It is first time to see thousands dead fish at here," he said. Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) chairman Ahmad Furanji Shariff said residents in Kampung Jajar are suffering over the stench. He said the water gate of the river was closed, hence all dead fish were trapped in the waters of the river. "The smell is getting worse, so I hope the State Drainage and Irrigation Department, Environment Department or Fisheries Department can come forward and help us to settle this problem," he said, adding that the river might be polluted and all fish in the river were poisoned.