Rising waters from flooding in northeastern China hit a chemical plant and washed thousands of containers filled with explosive chemicals into a river, state media said Thursday.
The floods in Jilin province have so far killed 13 people and affected 150,000 others, the Xinhua news agency said.
On Wednesday, the rising water hit the chemical plant and 7,000 containers washed into the Songhua River — 3,000 of which were filled with explosive chemicals, Xinhua said.
Emergency teams were mobilized to recover the spilled fluid. Authorities have so far recovered 400 containers.
A government spokesman said that emergency teams tested the water and have determined it to be chemical-free, Xinhua said.