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Beijing (AFP) Nov 24, 2011
Around 6,000 people were evacuated Thursday after an explosion at a chemical plant near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported.
The accident occurred early afternoon at the Futian Chemical Company in Panyu district, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local government.
Residents were evacuated after "a small amount" of toxic hydrogen chloride gas was detected in the air following the blast, Xinhua said.
Industrial accidents are common in China and people who live close to industrial sites frequently express concern about the effect of hazardous pollutants on their health.
Fourteen workers were killed Saturday in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China.
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Bulgaria choking on hazardous air
Sofia (AFP) Nov 23, 2011
Air quality in Bulgaria has deteriorated sharply over the past week with dust pollution up to five times over the norm, posing a grave health risk, the environment ministry said Wednesday. "The norms for pollution with fine dust particles have been surpassed since November 15," Valery Serafimov, an air pollution control official at the Bulgarian Environmental Protection Agency, which is part ... read more
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