Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Panic in Gansu capital after tap water found ‘excessively’ contaminated with benzene

Residents strip supermarket shelves of bottled supplies after city government warns that contamination was 20 times safety level

Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Lanzhou residents rush to supermarkets to buy bottled water after local tap water was found to contain high levels of benzene on Friday. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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