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More than 2,600 ill in China tap water contamination

Posted by Author on July 29, 2009

AFP, July 29, 2009 –

BEIJING — More than 2,600 people have fallen ill in a city in north China’s Inner Mongolia region after the tap water supply was contaminated during heavy rainfall, state media reported Wednesday.

A total of 2,622 people have sought medication for gastrointestinal illness and as of Tuesday night, 59 were hospitalised, the Xinhua news agency said, citing an unnamed spokesman with the Chifeng city health department.

Patients suffered from fever, diarrhoea, stomach ache and vomiting after drinking tap water at home, the report said.

The government has blamed heavy rainfall on Saturday for the pollution, it said.

The downpour caused water from a lake to spill over into a well that provides drinking water for a population of 58,000 in one city district, it added.

Around 30 years of unbridled economic growth have left most of China’s lakes and rivers heavily polluted while the nation’s urban dwellers also face some of the world’s worst air pollution.

More than 200 million Chinese currently do not have access to safe drinking water, according to government data.


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