Government calls toxic spill Mexico’s worst modern mining disaster

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Mexican government officials confirm that some 40,000 cubic meters of toxic waste water spilled from a copper mine in early August, contaminating at least two rivers in northern Mexico.

It’s being called Mexico’s worst mining-related environmental disaster in recent history. CCTV’s Franc Contreras reports.

Government calls toxic spill Mexico's worst modern mining disaster

Government calls toxic spill Mexico's worst modern mining disaster

Mexican government officials confirm that some 40-thousand cubic meters of toxic waste water spilled from a copper mine in early August, contaminating at least two rivers in northern Mexico. It's being called Mexico's worst mining-related environmental disaster in recent history. CCTV's Franc Contreras reports.

The huge chemical spill has tainted the Bacanuchi and Sonora rivers, turning them this unnatural, orange color. Mexican government officials say some 24,000 people have been left with no clean drinking water.