Egypt: Barge Leaks 100 Tons of Gasoline into Nile

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) - A barge has leaked some 100 tons of gasoline
into the Nile River in southern Egypt after it became partially
submerged while workers unloaded its cargo.

The vessel docked Saturday in Aswan, about 700 miles (1,100
kilometers) south of Cairo, when part of the barge sank below the
surface and began spewing gasoline into the river. The leak has
since been stopped.

Officials in three southern Egyptian provinces have declared a
state of emergency to contain the spill and to prevent it from
spreading down river.

The barge belongs to the Nile Company for River Transport.

Officials say it was carrying 244 tons of gasoline.

The chief of the Luxor drinking water company urged people to
stockpile water in case the spill reaches the city's water
purification facilities.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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