Toxic chemicals leaked into the Songhua River from a chemical factory warehouse near Jilin city in northeast mainland last month. The leakage was made worse by floodwaters.Thursday, 12 August, 2010, 12:00am
'Harbin has been called the Paris of the Far East, but not, I think, by anyone who has stayed there for any length of time.'
Peter Fleming, One's Company, 193411 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Water supply to 40,000 villagers in Wuchuan city , Guangxi , were affected after a factory upstream discharged chemicals into a river that flows through the city.
Xinhua reported last night that the factory had been ordered to stop the discharge but water quality remained poor and it would take at least two to three days to improve.29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am
Russia agrees the thawing of the Songhua River, which was heavily polluted by a benzene spill in November, does not pose the hazard once feared, says the mainland's environmental chief.12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
Shanghai is to introduce new rules on handling dangerous chemicals after a string of industrial accidents elsewhere on the mainland.
Officials say the rules, which will take effect on April 1, aim to improve management of the production, storage, transport, use and disposal of dangerous substances. Companies that break the rules will face fines of up to 100,000 yuan.23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
A dispute over the naming of a new school has brought the building's construction to a halt and led to the death of a child buried by rubble at the abandoned site.
When Songhua River in Heilongjiang province burst its banks in 1998, the flooding destroyed Dongfeng county's Qianwukeshu Village elementary school.20 Oct 2000 - 12:00am
The most severe flood crest to hit Harbin this season will torment the city for another seven days, according to flood-control officials.
The crest has swollen the Songhua River to an unprecedented 120.89 metres since noon on Saturday.
The only defence for the city is piles of sandbags - the river is already 80cm above the embankments.24 Aug 1998 - 12:00am