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Russia: River turns toxic orange in Buryatia

Russian Federation, Zakamensk
June 12, 2019 at 09:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Modonkul River near the town of Zakamensk in the Republic of Buryatia has turned bright orange, as shown in footage filmed on Tuesday.

The reason for the change of water colour is reportedly the river's contamination by heavy metals cadmium and manganese after a leak in a local abandoned industrial complex.

The Buryatia authorities are now working to locate the place of the leakage.

River Modonkul flows into Dzhida river, which is a tributary of a larger River Selenga, which in turn flows into Lake Baikal.

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The Modonkul River near the town of Zakamensk in the Republic of Buryatia has turned bright orange, as shown in footage filmed on Tuesday.

The reason for the change of water colour is reportedly the river's contamination by heavy metals cadmium and manganese after a leak in a local abandoned industrial complex.

The Buryatia authorities are now working to locate the place of the leakage.

River Modonkul flows into Dzhida river, which is a tributary of a larger River Selenga, which in turn flows into Lake Baikal.

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