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City on alert after a chemical ship sinks in Yangtze

A cargo ship laden with chemicals sank yesterday in the Yangtze River near Jiangyin, a port city in Jiangsu Province, local media reported today.

Jiangsu authorities said no chemical spill has been spotted so far and they refused to disclose what kind of chemicals were on the ship.

Online posts said people in the region began to stock up bottled water after hearing the news.

Shanghai water authorities said they are closely monitoring the river's water quality but no signs of contamination have been detected so far.

Shanghai draws tap water mainly from the Qingcaosha Reservoir at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The general public is much concerned about water safety following the spill of toxic cadmium in a river in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region during the Spring Festival holiday. The incident threatened the water supply to millions of people there.


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