A coating of toxic chemicals has spread at least two miles along a river in Spain's shellfish centre, Galicia, killing hundreds of fish and cutting off drinking water to an estimated 100,000 people, reports the Guardian on Monday.
The cloudy, turquoise slick was caused by a fire at a chemical plant on Friday, regional officials said, and it threatens to ooze down the Umia river to the Arosa estuary on the country's craggy northwest coast.
The government has shut down two shellfish banks at the river mouth as a precaution. Officials are trying to filter the river speckled with dead fish and seal off contaminated water. Residents stocked up on bottled water yesterday as samples were tested. Environmentalists called for stricter laws to keep chemical plants away from environmentally sensitive land.
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