The Samalá river in Quetzaltenango turned blood red overnight on October 14, 2016, alarming residents of nearby communities. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) has launched an investigation to determine the source of this mysterious color. According to preliminary investigations an unknown black substance was poured into

the river and could be the cause of the bloody water. However, the substance remains undetermined. According to the National Electrification Institute (INDE), the pollution isn’t related to any processes of power generation as the strange phenomenon appeared several kilometers away from the facilities. FULL REPORT