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China Has over 200 "Cancer Villages" due to Water Pollution: Expert

09-17 17:25 Caijing
Heavily-polluted underground water system has resulted in the existence of over 200 "cancer villages" across China.

Heavily-polluted underground water system has resulted in the existence of over 200 "cancer villages" across China - small communities where cancer rates have soared far above the national average, a water expert said.

55 percent of monitored water stations report polluted underground water, mostly in provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan and Yunan, Wang Hao, a fellow with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told a forum held by Cajing on Tuesday.

More than 120 residents were diagnosed with cancer in a cancer village in the northern part of Tianjin city, said Wang, who also director of a water resource institution at China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research.

China is in desperate need to treat polluted water, Wang said, suggesting that more advanced techniques should be adopted to reduce the cost of sewage treatment, and companies shall be given harsher punishment for illegal emissions.

Earlier in the year, the Ministry of Environment Protection said in a statement that toxic chemicals had caused many environmental and social problems, including the emergence of cancer villages.

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