Egypt: Barge leaks 100 tons of gasoline into Nile

September 11, 2010 20:28

LUXOR, Egypt  — 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 was docked 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 Saturday. 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.

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