Cadmium spill threatens water supplies of major Chinese city

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Emergency personnel engaged in a desperate effort to prevent a toxic spill from contaminating Liuzhou’s water

Chinese emergency personnel are erecting barrages and pouring hundreds of tonnes of chloride into a river in southern China in a desperate effort to prevent a toxic spill from contaminating the supplies of a major city.

The flow of cadmium – discharged into the Liu River earlier this month – has continued despite three previous containment operations, and now threatens the 3.2 million residents of Liuzhou city in Guangxi province.

The Guardian

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