On August 12th, two explosions ripped through a chemical plant in Tianjin, China, killing at least 123 people. The New York Times covered the devastation and the aftermath with an extensive report here on Thursday, August 13th.
But, the long-term effect on local communities has been far more deadly. Officials of the Ministry of Environmental Protection have reported cyanide levels in local waterways 350 times more than what is considered safe. The city’s drinking water has been declared safe, but thousands of fish have washed up dead on the riverbank since the explosions.
Water Online explores the devastating effect of the chemical explosion on the local community in ‘Cyanide Infects Tianjin Waterways After Chemical Plant Explosion’. Read more here.