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Polluted rivers could cost government $11.1 billion to clean up: Colombian Minister

June 9, 2014 - 6:00am

Colombia's Environment Minister Luz Helena Sarmiento said the clean up of polluted rivers could cost the government $11.1 billion, Colombia Reports reported.

Ms. Luz Helena Sarmiento said the government would have to spend 3.5% of the country's gross domestic product to clean waterways, El Espectador newspaper reported.

The government has allocated $158 million to mitigate El Nino's effects.

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