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Ha Giang conducts tests on Gam River samples

Update: January, 13/2016 - 19:00
Local rescue teams are working hard to fix the problem in Cao Bang Province. — Photo VNA/VNS Quoc Dat

HA GIANG (VNS) — The People's Committee of northern Ha Giang Province has directed authorised agencies to quickly finish tests on water samples from the Gam River.

Following the testing, officials will inform local residents about possible contamination of the river following an industrial accident.

In the short term, area residents have been told to not use the river water for drinking, bathing, cooking or production, and they have been urged to move their fish farms to other locations.

Ha Viet Hung, chief secretariat of the committee, said the move came after an area of the river flowing through the province was affected by one hundred cubic metres of wastewater, containing lead and zinc from a factory in Cao Bang Province, which entered the river when a reservoir overflowed on January 5.

The incident has affected those living in many households along the river. Also, hundreds of tonnes of farmed fish were reported to have died due to the flow of chemicals. — VNS

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