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50 fall ill after gas leakage from factory in Bangladesh

At least 50 people have been taken  illS after inhaling toxic gas which leaked from a fertilizer  factory in south-eastern port city of Chittagong.

Published: 23rd August 2016 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2016 10:20 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

DHAKA: At least 50 people have been taken  illS after inhaling toxic gas which leaked from a fertilizer  factory in south-eastern port city of Chittagong, officials  said today.           

"The gas is spreading from the DPA (Diammonium phosphate)  factory causing breathing problems of the people within  several kilometres in the neighbourhood. Fire fighters are  trying to stop the emission," officer-in-charge of the nearby  police station said.     

The people were admitted to the state-run Chittagong  hospital on the banks of Karnaphuli River last night.             

The TV reports quoting the factory officials said one of  the gas tanks with 500 tonne capacity leaked at around 11:30  PM while the ammonia gas spread across to the other bank of  the Karnaphuli.             

"Our people are working to plug the leakage," a factory  official told a TV channel.          

Experts said exposure to ammonia could cause slackening,  vomiting and breathing problems.           

"I have been informed that the fire service men nearly  brought under control the situation," Chittagong's deputy  commissioner Mesbahuddin Ahmed said.



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