Beijing, Jan 13 (Agencies): Ten Chinese officials have been punished for lead poisoning from battery factory that affected the health of over 200 children in an eastern province.

Local officials have been punished after battery factory emissions for the incident in Anhui Province, official Xinhua news agency reported today.

Ten officials in Anqing City received punishments ranging from administrative warnings to removal from office, the report said, adding high lead blood levels were detected in more than 200 children in the county and 23 of them were hospitalised earlier this month.

The local government confirmed lead emissions from Borui Battery Co Ltd caused the poisoning. Huaining County magistrate Liu Feiyue, and vice magistrate, Cao Ziquan were given demerits while three officials, including Huaining Environmental Protection Bureau director Zhao Yiping were fired.