Two Hundred people fall sick after toxic gas leak in Bangladesh


CHITTAGONG: Atleast 200 people required a medical treatment after toxic gas spread across large parts of Chittagong city of Bangladesh. The explosion was held at a chemical fertilizer factory on Tuesday.

“Hundreds of residents were also evacuated from their homes near the di-ammonia phosphate (DAP) plant in the port city where a 500-tonne capacity ammonia tank exploded late on Monday”, Police and fire officials said.

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“Just after the gas leak nearly 56 people were taken to the hospital,” Mesbah Uddin, the district's chief administrator, said.

"Eight have been discharged. Forty-eight people are still in the hospital today but they are out of danger," he told AFP. "Around 150 people were given first aid locally," he added.

When Firefighters came to know about the incident, he combat through the night to stop the leak and finally announced that the circumstance was under control in the mid-morning.

"We used loudspeakers to urge people to evacuate the area. Hundreds did leave but they came back after the situation improved," said Uddin.

“Also, the hundreds of workers were told to leave the nearby factories,” Local police chief Rafiqul Islam said. “The toxic gas reached across 10 kilometres,” officials said.

A special team of 60 firefighters were mobilized by the authorities after the explosion triggered panic among people living nearby.

"We saved two other tanks by spraying water," Abul Kalam Azad, a senior fire official told AFP.

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