At least 98 people hurt in Mumbai chlorine gas leak

14 July 2010 13:10  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--At least 98 people have been injured after a chlorine gas leak in a heavily populated area of Mumbai, a government source said on Wednesday.

The casualties have been admitted to three hospitals in the city, where 10 of them were said to be in a serious condition following the leak in the Sewri area at 03:30 local time.  

"There was leakage of chlorine gas from one of the cylinders kept at Hay Bunder area of Mumbai Port Trust,” India’s ministry of shipping said in an official statement.

“These cylinders have been kept in that area which is meant for storage of hazardous goods for the past few years."

Residential buildings were evacuated temporarily as firefighters brought the leak under control, the government source said, adding that investigations into the cause were ongoing.

Official records of the Mumbai Port Trust showed that the cylinders had been empty at the time of the leak, the statement said.

“No death has been reported as per discussions with deputy chairman, Mumbai Port Trust," it added.

"The situation is presently under control, and chairman, deputy chairman, traffic manager and other senior officials of Mumbai Port Trust are at the site, where relief and rescue works are being undertaken," it added.

The government was meanwhile taking preventive measures and had contacted experts in dealing with hazardous chemicals to prevent further such leakages, the source added.

The injured were being treated at the Port Trust Hospital, JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital, the statement said, adding that the ministry was closely monitoring the situation.

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By: Priya Jestin

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