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More than 100 sickened in Peru mining spill


Peruvian authorities say more than 100 farmers have been sickened by the spill of a copper concentrate containing toxic arsenic and lead from one of the country's biggest mines.

   Santa Rosa de Cajacay village leader Hilario Moran tells The Associated Press that most of the injured had pitched in to try to prevent the liquid from reaching a nearby river after it spilled from a rupture in a pipeline.

   The mining company Antamina gave the villagers absorbent towels but they were not provided with gloves or protective masks after the July 25 spill.

   Shortly afterward, people fell ill, vomiting, suffering headaches and nose bleeds.

   Moran says people continue to get sick.

   Peru is the world's No. 2 producer of copper and mining has been central to its recent economic boom.

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