BEIJING, Feb 17, 2006 (AFP) - Water
supplies have been cut off to 20,000 people after another toxic chemical
spill into a Chinese river, state press said Friday.
High concentrations of fluorine, amine-nitrate
and phenol appeared in the Yuexi river in the southwestern province of
Sichuan on Tuesday, the Beijing Times reported.
The chemical leak led to the immediate
cut-off of public water services to 20,000 residents of Guanyin village.
The Yuexi is a tributary of the Min river,
which in turn feeds into the Yangtze, China's longest river.
Experts attributed the pollutants to