By JOE MCDONALD
Thursday, November 24, 2005 Posted at 4:17 AM EST
Harbin, China — A slick of river-borne toxins from a chemical plant explosion flowed into a major Chinese city Thursday as the government dug wells after shutting down its water system to protect millions of residents from the pollution.
The 80-kilometres-long stretch of water carrying toxic benzene flowing through Harbin, a northeastern city of 3.8 million people, at about 3 a.m., the government said. It was expected to take 40 hours to pass.
Boy, does this sound like a disaster waiting to happen.