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7,000 chemical buckets washed by floods into major NE China River

07-29-2010 10:29 BJT

CHANGCHUN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Emergency workers discovered that more than 7,000 chemical buckets had been washed into a major river in northeast China, thousands more than Wednesday's initial findings, authorities said Thursday.

Photo taken on July 28, 2010 shows barrels containing explosive chemicals in the water of the Songhua River in Jilin City of northeast China's Jilin Province. More than 1,000 barrels containing explosive chemicals were washed into the Songhua River Wednesday due to the rain-triggered floodwaters in Jilin Province. Emergency workers have been trying to recover the containers and local environmental protection authorities were closely monitoring the water quality of the river. (Xinhua/Chen Guoman)
Photo taken on July 28, 2010 shows barrels containing explosive chemicals in the water 
of the Songhua River in Jilin City of northeast China's Jilin Province. More than 1,000 
barrels containing explosive chemicals were washed into the Songhua River Wednesday due 
to the rain-triggered floodwaters in Jilin Province. Emergency workers have been 
trying to recover the containers and local environmental protection authorities were 
closely monitoring the water quality of the river. (Xinhua/Chen Guoman)
But only 3,000 buckets contained chemicals, about 170 kilograms each, and the other 4,000 buckets were empty, government officials told a press conference Thursday morning held in Jilin City, Jilin Province.

The buckets were swept into the Songhuajiang River from a plant in Jilin City in floods triggered by days of heavy rain. About 400 buckets had been recovered.

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Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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