(0727 CR M07)RIVER POLLUTION AFFECTS 200,000

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(0727 CR M07)RIVER POLLUTION AFFECTS 200,000 DATELINE: July 27, 2011 LENGTH: 00:02:09 PKG INTRO A population of 200,000 in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been affected as a river that supplies drinking water was polluted by tailings of a local manganese plant. China Report takes you to the scene for the latest details. PKG Residues of a manganese plant in Songpan County, Mianyang City, were washed into the Fujiang River by heavy rains that hit the city last Thursday. However, according to the city government, monitors of the local environment bureau did not detect the pollution until Tuesday. On the same day, the government warned citizens not to drink tap water. The warning triggered a bottled water rush in the city. SOUNDBITE(CHINESE) LOCAL RESIDENT "I heard the warning that the tap water could not be drunk in news of Mianyang this afternoon. I was quite worried that there was no water on sale at that time. But now we can get water here." To prevent panic buying of Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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