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Chlorine gas leak sickens 300 in N Nigeria

Last Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 23:51

Kaduna: A chlorine gas leak led 300
people to fall ill in northern Nigeria after a welder cut into
a tank of the noxious gas, Nigerian environmental officials
said today.

John Odey, a spokesman for Nigeria`s Environmental
Ministry, said the leak started yesterday afternoon in Kaduna.

He said people became ill and passed out after breathing in
the gas.

Odey said emergency services controlled the leak this
morning after soaking the tank in water.

Industrial disasters occur regularly in oil-rich Nigeria,
Africa`s most populous nation, either from carelessness,
failing pipelines or theft. In 2008, an oil pipeline explosion
in Lagos killed 100 people, while more than 400 people died in
two similar explosions in the megacity in 2006.


First Published: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 23:51
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