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'Tsunami' of toxic wastewater kills plants, animals in Israel's desert

05:46 EDT 4 Jul 2017 | Yahoo News

'Tsunami' of toxic wastewater kills plants, animals in Israel's desertBy Ari Rabinovitch MISHOR ROTEM, Israel (Reuters) - Toxic wastewater that surged through a dry riverbed in southern Israel at the weekend left a wake of ecological destruction more than 20 km (12 miles) long. The flood began last Friday when the 60 meter (yard) high wall of a reservoir at a phosphate factory partially collapsed, letting loose 100,000 cubic meters (26.4 million gallons) of highly acidic wastewater in the Ashalim riverbed. One section of the Ashalim riverbed is made up of narrow canyons, popular for hiking, but no one was around when the wastewater first gushed through.


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