Chemical leak at pesticide plant in China leaves dozens ill

18 January 2011 08:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Dozens of people have fallen ill after a monomethylamine leak occurred on 17 January at an agrochemical plant in China’s central Hunan province, Hunan Haili Changde Pesticide Chemical said on Tuesday.

The fumes from the leakage had caused around 38 people living in the vicinity to feel unwell and they were subsequently admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation, parent company Hunan Haili Chemical Industry said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Most had recovered by the afternoon, but two people were still suffering from a sore throat, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the remaining monomethylamine in the tank was “transferred to a safe place” and the local air quality has “returned to normal”, the company said.

However, it did not disclose any details on the cause of the leakage.

Hunan Haili Changde said the accident only caused a temporary disruption to the upgrading work that was currently underway at the plant and that other production activities would not be affected.

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