» 03/20/2007, 00.00
White froth in river, lead below the water table
The Ying River, a tributary of the Huai River, has a 500-metre long white frothy slick moving downstream. Meanwhile in a small village in Hunan province half of the residents show signs of lead poisoning. As local fields wither trees die. Residents must get water from wells located hundreds of metres away since pollution has reached the local water table.
Sichuan: govt admits river water contamination, causes panic in population
In Mianyang, a city of 300,000, thousands of people rushed to buy bottled water standing in line well into the night. Municipal authorities pledge to provide water for everyone, saying the crisis will be soon over. However, people do not trust them.
Embankments on Huai River collapse, putting at risk hundreds of millions of people
The worst torrential rains in a hundred years have been pummelling China for weeks as unprecedented floods kill hundreds of people, causing damages in the billions of dollars. In the Chongqing area some people are blaming the Three Gorges Dam for the situation. In the meantime southern China is hit by a scorching heat wave.
Hundreds of children with blood poisoning in Shaanxi
A smelter that opened in 2006 has been polluting the air and water in Fengxian County ever since. But for the authorities everything is in all right even though no one can live within a one kilometre radius of the plant. Since China’s industrial miracle became reality new scandals break out regularly bringing to light the suffering of farmers and the poor.
Pearl River pollution a serious concern
Water treatment plants are built only in cities, whilst farmers must put up with polluted water. Official reports indicate that the Pearl River dumps more 133,000 tonnes of waste into the sea.
Lead poisons the blood of 84 children in Yunnan
Precious metals mining and smelting cause air, soil and water pollution. However, as much as Beijing might slam pollution, it does precious little to contain it.
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