07 Jun '11, 10am

Asia | Schools shut in two Chinese towns after toxic leak

Asia | Schools shut in two Chinese towns after toxic leak

BEIJING - Authorities have closed schools in two towns in China after industrial waste contaminated the water supply for 200,000 residents, officials and state media said on Tuesday. Locals in the towns of Pingyao and Liangzhu in the eastern province of Zhejiang have complained their tap water has a strange taste and smell, an official from the local environmental protection bureau surnamed Shen told AFP. Shen said the cause of the smell was under investigation, but the official Xinhua news agency said factories at a nearby industrial park had leaked waste into the Shaoxi River, which is the source of the drinking water supply. The waste includes benzene, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, dizziness, convulsions, a rapid heart rate and even death, according to the government body US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The factories have been told t...

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