Egypt oil spill covers nearly a mile of Nile River

2015-08-30 09:29

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Cairo - Egypt's official news agency MENA says a pipeline at a southern power plant has burst, covering a kilometer and half of the Nile River with fuel oil.

The governor of the southern city of Assiut, Yasser el-Dasouqi, says on Saturday that after the rupture on Friday, 11 nearby water stations were immediately shut down to prevent the oil from reaching local tap water.

Seven of these were reopened after water samples met health standards, while trucks loaded with clean drinking water were sent to the affected areas, al-Dasouqi added.

Built in 1966, the el-Hamra power plant was due for renovations in 2016.

This is the second chemical spill in the Nile, Egypt's main water supply, this year. In April, a barge in Qena capsized, dropping 500 tons of phosphate.

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