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Michigan’s former governor has been charged over the deadly contamination of water in the city of Flint.

Officials charged Rick Snyder with wilful neglect of duty, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine, reports the Associated Press.

His health director and other former officials are also expected to be charged.

Twelve people died after the city switched its water supply to the Flint River in 2014 in a bid to save money.

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease followed, and residents were found to have drunk water poisoned with lead.