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2005-11-29 06:15:00

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Vivi Lin BEIJING -- Thousands of children returned to school in Harbin on Tuesday a week after a toxic spill in a river obliged officials to cut tap water to the Chinese city. It now threatens supplies for more than a million Russians downstream. An explosion at a chemical plant in the northeastern province of Jilin on November 13 poured 100 tonnes of cancer-causing benzene compounds into the Songhua river above Harbin, a city of nine million people. Officials turned...

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...

2005-11-28 10:09:19

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Judy Hua BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a state-owned colliery in northeast China, killing 134 miners and trapping 15 underground, just days after Chinese leaders called for vigilance to prevent major accidents. The blast late on Sunday was the latest disaster to strike Heilongjiang, whose capital city, Harbin, was held hostage for five days by a toxic spill coursing through the Songhua river that provides its water supply, forcing a...

2005-11-28 10:15:34

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Judy Hua BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a state-owned colliery in northeast China, killing 134 miners and trapping 15 underground, just days after Chinese leaders called for vigilance to prevent major accidents. The blast late on Sunday was the latest disaster to strike Heilongjiang, whose capital city, Harbin, was held hostage for five days by a toxic spill coursing through the Songhua river that provides its water supply, forcing a...

2005-11-28 07:08:29

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Judy Hua BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a state-owned colliery in northeast China, killing 88 miners and trapping 36 underground, just days after Chinese leaders called for vigilance to prevent major accidents. The blast late on Sunday was the latest disaster to strike Heilongjiang, whose capital city, Harbin, was held hostage for five days by a toxic spill coursing through the Songhua river that provides its water supply, forcing a shut-down...

2005-11-28 05:19:44

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Judy Hua BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a state-owned colliery in northeast China, killing 68 miners and trapping 79 underground, just days after Chinese leaders called for vigilance to prevent major accidents. The blast late on Sunday was the latest disaster to strike Heilongjiang, whose capital city, Harbin, was held hostage for five days by a toxic spill coursing through the Songhua river that provides its water supply, forcing a shut-down...

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 23:03:14

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - A resident of a Chinese city that has endured four days without water because of a toxic spill is suing the chemical plant that caused it, highlighting growing demands for environmental protection and transparency in China. Ding Ning lodged a claim for damages in court against Jilin PetroChemical on Friday, his lawyer, Hu Fengbin, said in an interview. Ding is claiming damages of 15 yuan for purchases of bottled water, as well as demanding...


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