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2005-11-25 23:47:42

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - A surge of toxic chemicals pouring down the river through a northeastern Chinese city was expected to have passed through by early Sunday morning, bringing respite from a water crisis that has plagued residents. As the nine million people in Harbin suffered a fourth day without running water, soldiers and workers were racing to ensure the city's water would be safe to drink when taps were turned back on, installing new filters at treatment...

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...

2005-11-24 21:35:00

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 tons of toxic chemicals in it, local media said on Friday. In a sign of how the spill has jarred national nerves about widespread pollution, Premier Wen Jiabao has issued instructions demanding safe drinking water be ensured. More than 300 residents of Niujiadian village and Gou island in Harbin,...

2005-11-24 14:11:01

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - A toxic slick of polluted river water reached the outskirts of one of China's biggest cities on Thursday, nearly two weeks after an explosion at a petrochemical plant upstream. China said the blast had caused major pollution, spilling benzene compounds into the Songhua River from which Harbin, capital of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, draws its drinking water. Harbin is home to nine million people, including three million urban...

2005-11-23 14:45:00

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - Harbin, one of China's biggest cities, on Wednesday temporarily restored water supplies shut off at midnight to allow residents to stock up as a wave of polluted river water flowed toward the area. China confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an explosion at a petrochemical plant had caused "major pollution" of the Songhua River, from which Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province, draws its drinking water. The provincial government said an...

2005-11-23 06:59:18

By Chris Buckley HARBIN, China (Reuters) - Harbin, one of China's biggest cities, on Wednesday temporarily restored water supplies shut off at midnight to allow residents to stock up as a wave of polluted river water flowed toward the area. China confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an explosion at a petrochemical plant had caused "major pollution" of the Songhua River, from which Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province, draws its drinking water. The provincial...

2005-11-23 05:12:54

By Guo Shipeng and Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed on Wednesday that an explosion at a petrochemical plant had caused "major pollution" of a river which has led authorities to shut off water supplies in one of its biggest cities for at least four days. Residents of Harbin, capital of far northeastern Heilongjiang province, were jamming the airport and rail stations to get out, a witness said. China's State Environmental Protection Administration said that the Songhua...

2005-11-23 01:48:13

By Guo Shipeng and Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - Residents of one of China's biggest and coldest cities, where water has been shut off for fear of chemical contamination, are jamming the airport and railway stations to get out, a witness said on Wednesday. Taps were turned off in Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and famous for its January snow and ice show, at midnight on Tuesday after there had already been panic buying of bottled water and food. "Everyone...


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