China probes plant blast that poisoned river – Joe McDonald

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

China’s leaders sent a team to investigate a chemical plant accident that poisoned a major river, saying officials responsible will be punished, as the 3.8 million residents of this northeastern city endured a fourth frigid day without running water Saturday.

Hundreds of villagers were being evacuated near on the Songhua River as toxic benzene flowed past, while a Russian city downstream braced for its arrival. In China’s southwest, about 6,000 people reportedly were evacuated following a second chemical plant explosion, raising fears of a new poisoning disaster.

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