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More than 40 percent of rural China’s drinking water unfit

BEIJING -- More than 40 percent of drinking water in rural China falls short of government standards, state media said Monday, citing a health ministry study.

The survey found 44.4 percent of all drinking water in the rural areas was unhealthy, leading to outbreaks of diarrhea and other diseases, Xinhua said, citing the Ministry of Health.

"The condition of drinking water in rural areas still has a long way to go to improve the health condition and living quality for rural people," said ministry spokesman Mao Qunan, according to Xinhua.

The findings were based on a joint survey by the Ministry of Health and the National Committee for the Patriotic Public Health Campaign of nearly 7,000 samples from villages across the country, the report said.

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