“Contaminated river in China sparks panic buying of water”

More bad news for Ngaba prefecture, already the scene of an ongoing battle between Beijing and Kirti Monastery:

Residue from a manganese plant has flooded a river in a city in the southwestern province of Sichuan, contaminating the main source of drinking water and sparking panic-buying of bottled water, state media said on Wednesday.

Residue from the Xichuan Minjiang Electrolytic Manganese Plant in Aba prefecture — a heavily ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province next to the Tibet Autonomous Region — was washed into the Fujiang river by heavy rain last Thursday.

The river is the source of drinking water for the city of Mianyang, according to a notice posted on the city government’s official website.

“The government is asking the public not to panic and not to focus on panic buying of bottled water,” the government said.

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