In a totally unforeseeable turn of events, eight farmers have been diagnosed with arsenic poisoning and 68 others showed symptoms after drinking water from an abandoned mine.
According to Xinhua, local officials in Wangjiazhai village, Guizhou province noticed that many farmers had swollen eyelids and reported feeling week and suffering from headaches. Officials feared that the drinking water might have been contaminated.
An investigation discovered that to during the summer drought, the village twice pumped water from an abandoned mine to its water tower to ease shortages, the mine water was then distributed to unknowing residents.
Free treatment is being offered to all affected by the arsenic-laced water, and clean drinking water had been provided. Pipes are also being laid to supply water to the village from a nearby water plant.
It is unclear who was responsible for pumping the toxic water into the tower, or whether charges will be filed against them.
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