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2005-12-10 05:55:00

BEIJING -- Pollution from a toxic slick in a northeastern Chinese river has declined sharply in density as authorities worked to ensure a safe water supply to a city of more than three million, state media said on Saturday. Environment officials said the slick, now flowing through Heilingjiang province's second largest city of Jiamusi, would be further diluted when the Songhua River met with the Heilongjiang on its way toward the Russian border, Xinhua news agency reported. State...

2005-12-07 02:46:55

By Ben Blanchard and Vivi Lin BEIJING (Reuters) - A vice mayor in charge of evacuating a Chinese city after a chemical plant exploded has been found dead at home, a city official said on Wednesday, as a toxic river flow resulting from the accident continued to spread. Wang Wei, vice mayor in the northeastern city of Jilin, had been in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the November 13 blast, state media reports said at the time. Wang was quoted as saying that the accident would...

2005-12-02 09:05:33

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - China's environment chief resigned on Friday following a two-week crisis over a toxic spill that polluted a northeast China river, forced the shutdown of tapwater supplies to millions of Chinese and raised alarm bells in Russia. Xie Zhenhua, chief of the State Environmental Protection Agency since 1993, resigned and was replaced by the former forestry director Zhou Shengxian, Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement by the country's cabinet....

2005-11-29 04:00:09

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Vivi Lin BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of children returned to school in China's Harbin city on Tuesday a week after a toxic spill prompted officials to turn off the water taps and now threatens supplies for more than a million Russians downstream. An explosion at a chemical plant in the northeastern Chinese city of Jilin on November 13 poured 100 tonnes of cancer-causing benzene compounds into the Songhua river upstream of Harbin, a city of nine million...

2005-11-27 07:47:26

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northeastern city of Harbin turned on the taps again on Sunday after a toxic spill into its river left millions without water for five days and an 80-km (50-mile) slick still flowing beyond the city. Water supplies in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, were resumed at 10:00 a.m. GMT and provincial Governor Zhang Zuoji drank tap water to prove it was safe, state media said. Hospitals, schools, homes and party and government...

2005-11-27 07:00:57

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northeastern city of Harbin turned on the taps again on Sunday after a toxic spill into its river left millions without water for five days and an 80-km (50-mile) slick still flowing beyond the city. Water supplies in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, were resumed at 1000 GMT and provincial Governor Zhang Zuoji drank tap water to prove it was safe, state media said. Hospitals, schools, homes and party and government...

2005-11-26 23:35:00

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northeastern city of Harbin prepared to turn the taps back on Sunday after a toxic spill into its river left millions without water for five days and an 80-km (50-mile) slick still flowing beyond. Water supplies in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, were due to come back on around 1500 GMT. The local government, quoting provincial and city environmental protection officials, said on its Web site the water would be "safe for drinking."...

2005-11-25 08:05:00

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated from their homes along a river in northeast China after an explosion at a petrochemical plant upstream dumped 100 tonnes of toxic chemicals in the water, local media said on Friday. In the southwestern city of Chongqing, more than 6,000 people were evacuated after an explosion at another chemical plant killed one and injured three on Thursday, raising fears of benzene contamination there as well, the Southern...

2005-11-25 03:35:00

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated from their homes along a river in northeast China after an explosion at a petrochemical plant upstream dumped 100 tonnes of toxic chemicals in the water, local media said on Friday. In the southwestern city of Chongqing, more than 6,000 people were evacuated after an explosion at another chemical plant killed one and injured three on Thursday, raising fears of benzene contamination there as well, the Southern...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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