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Cl gas leak in Mumbai; 103 ill
Published on 15 Jul. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Nearly 103 persons fell sick early today after inhaling chlorine gas leaking from a cylinder stored in Bombay Port Trust (BPT) premises at Sewri prompting BPT, police and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to begin a joint probe into the incident.
All the affected persons were taken to King Edward Memorial hospital, JJ hospital and BPT hospital, police and fire brigade sources said, adding, they included college students, BPT staff and firemen. The condition of eight persons at JJ hospital was said to be critical, according to Times News Network. However, there are no casualties so far, Dean of JJ hospital T P Lahane told reporters.
Some of the affected persons were discharged after getting treatment. Currently, 78 persons are recuperating out of which eight are in the Critical Care Unit due to respiratory problems and 14 in Medical Intensive Unit for throat problems, Lahane said.
“Due to intake of chlorine gas patients have developed breathlessness and are facing burning sensation in eyes, on face and hands”, the JJ Hospital Dean added.
The fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot to plug the leakage. Four fire officers took ill after inhaling the gas and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Report sought
The shipping ministry has sought a detailed report on the leakage of chlorine gas from a cylinder inside the Mumbai Port Trust compound early Wednesday.
“There was leakage of chlorine gas from one of the cylinders kept at Hay Bunder area of Mumbai Port Trust. These cylinders have been kept in that area which is meant for storage of hazardous goods for the past few years,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it is “closely monitoring the situation”.
“All the 59 affected persons were evacuated and have been admitted to three Mumbai hospitals - Port Trust Hospital, JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital - where they are receiving medical attention,” the statement said.
“As per the records of Mumbai Port Trust, these cylinders were empty. Mumbai Port Trust is checking its records to find out whether any action had been taken for disposal of the hazardous material in the past,” the statement said.
“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.

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