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Two New Chemical Spills in Chinese Rivers

Officials in China have announced two new pollution spills in Chinese rivers, affecting the water supplies of millions of people.

In the latest announcement, the official Xinhua news agency said a a diesel oil spill some 60 kilometers long contaminated the Yellow River in eastern China's Shandong Province on Saturday. Officials later lifted the pollution warning, saying the water now meets safety standards.

Separately, Xinhua says the poisonous chemical cadmium leaked from a factory into the Xiangjiang River in the central province of Hunan on January fourth.

Local officials blamed the spill on an engineering problem.

Also Sunday, the Chinese government says it will spend some three-point-two-eight billion dollars over the next five years cleaning up November's toxic benzene spill in the Songhua river.

The plan calls for more than 90 percent of people living in the Songhua River valley to have clean drinking water by the year 2010.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.