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Angola mine leak causes ‘unprecedented’ pollution in Congo rivers, researchers say

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A suspected leak of heavy metals from a mine in northern Angola is causing an “unprecedented environmental catastrophe”, affecting some two-million people in Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers at Kinshasa University said on Friday. Analysis of satellite imagery and interviews indicate a reservoir used to store mining pollutants was breached on July 15 in a diamond-mining area straddling Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte provinces in Angola, said Raphael Tshimanga, director of The Congo Basin Water Resources Research Centre (CRREBaC).

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