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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China May Block Spill With a Dam

JIAMUSI, China -- China is considering building a dam to reduce the impact of a river-borne toxic spill expected to arrive in Khabarovsk early next week, state media and a government spokesman said Thursday.

The temporary dam would be built on a waterway linking the rivers of Heilong and Wusuli, which supplies water for homes and businesses in Khabarovsk, the official China Daily newspaper said.

The spot was chosen because the water is only 90 centimeters deep and moves slowly at this time of year, the newspaper said.

Chinese engineers intend to build the dam in the next four days, Itar-Tass reported.

Also Thursday, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in Beijing with Chinese President Hu Jintao, who assured him that China "would take measures to effectively and responsibly minimize the pollution," state television said.