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More than 5-thousand barrels swept into the Songhua River have been recovered in northeast China's Jilin Province. In the Wukeshu section of the river, workers recovered 44 barrels in 3 hours.
The barrels, some containing chemicals, were washed into the river with flood waters last week. Officials say the barrels seem in tact with no signs of leakage. The river's water quality remains normal.
15 stations have been set-up along the river to continue monitoring. Army, police, firefighters and other rescue workers are assisting in recovering the barrels as soon as possible.