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KMML Leak: 10 Admitted to KIMS

Published: 11th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2014 08:53 AM   |  A+A-

KOLLAM: Around 10 students, who were hospitalised in a private hospital at Karunagappally after the gas leak at KMML here and later discharged, were on Sunday admitted to the KIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday after they complained of physical uneasiness, including suffocation and nausea.

The doctors at the private hospital in Karunagappally where these students were treated were of the opinion that the illness of the students were not serious and they would be normal in two or three days.

Over 120 students from various schools were hospitalised last week with nausea and headache due to a suspected gas leak from one of the plants in the factory.Meanwhile, as per the directive from the Factories and Boilers Department, the plants at the KMML in Chavara started functioning on Sunday evening.

The permission to operate the plants was given as part of the probe to find out the gas leakage. An expert committee led by ADGP A Hemachandran would monitor the emissions from the plant and would prepare a report in this regard.The plant requires at least 20 to 30 hours for chemical reactions and gas emissions.

“We will monitor the gases being released from the factory for over 24 hours and a final report would be submitted after the operations of the plant halts on Monday evening,” said BinduRadhakrishnan, executive engineer with thePollution Control Board and a member of the technical team. The expert committee is said to be looking into various angles of the gas leak such as ‘human error’ in managing thegas leak from the valves of the plants, chances of ‘sabotage’ by external forces and the ‘laxity’ on the part of the employees.

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