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Chemical leak poisons water supply in central China

A sewage leak from a chemical plant has spilled the cancer-causing chemical arsenide into a river in central China's Hunan province, poisoning drinking water for nearly 100,000 locals, Chinese media said on Saturday.
Residents in Yueyang county were asked to stop drinking tap water and 18 fire engines distributed fresh water, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Arsenide can damage the liver, kidney and cause lung or skin cancer, as well as cause convulsions which may lead to coma or even death.

A chemical plant in Linxiang city, 50 km (30 miles) upriver, has been ordered closed after it was found leaking the toxin from its waste water pond.

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