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Stephen McDonell, Beijing
Last Updated: 3 hours 41 minutes ago
A massive oil spill into the Yellow River in central China is threatening the drinking water of towns and cities.
Last Wednesday 150,000 litres of diesel oil spilled out of a ruptured pipeline and into two tributaries of the Yellow River.
The contamination, which for days went unreported, has since spread through three provinces and reached Henan's Sanmenxia Reservoir.
Several towns have been told not to use water from the river and major cities downstream are preparing alternative water supplies.