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Reporter: Cleanup underway in Songhua River

07-29-2010 17:55 BJT

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Emergency workers have discovered that more than 7,000 buckets containing chemicals have been washed into the Songhua River in Northeast China's Jilin Province. That's much more than Wednesday's initial estimate. Full Story>>

Earlier we spoke to our correspondent Wang Yuejun, who's at the Wu Keshu dock on the Songhua River. He has more information about the cleanup efforts in the Yushu region.

Reporter Wang Yuejun, Yushu city, Jilin province, said, "The first chemical container was seen at around 2 p.m.. Workers on tugboats managed to intercept it and pull it out of water. The barrel then was taken to the bank by motor boats and hidden in a tent. Measures are being taken to cool it down to prevent a possible explosion. Nearly 400 staff, eight tugboats and dozens of motor boats are involved in the operation. More than 70 containers have been stopped from drifting down the river. There are five interception posts in Changchun City, and more than 800 been have recovered. More cleanup locations have been set up at the lower reaches. Water quality is being monitored every half an hour. The overall situation so far is normal with no major contamination discovered ".

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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