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In pictures: Harbin toxic leak

Harbin residents queue for water

People in Harbin, north-eastern China, queue for water after the city's own supplies were contaminated by a benzene leak.

Harbin residents look at the Songhua river

The 80km (50 mile) stretch of contaminated water is moving down the Songhua river.

Chinese soldiers distribute bottled water

The army has brought in thousands of tonnes of bottled water, after water supplies to Harbin were cut off.

A water queue in Harbin

Residents, unsure of how long the water stoppage will last, are desperate to stock up with supplies.

Residents dig a well in Harbin

Some 100 new wells are being dug across the city to provide extra water.

Firemen put out a fire at the Jilin plant

The leak was caused by a massive explosion at a PetroChina benzene factory in the city of Jilin on 13 November.

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