Baghdad: Health officials say hundreds of people have been sickened by a chlorine gas cloud that leaked over Baghdad after an explosion at a water treatment plant.
Dr Ali Bustan al-Fartousi, manager of the Rusafa health office in the capital`s east, said no one died in the Tuesday night accident and nearly all of the 700 people treated had been released from hospitals.
Al-Fartousi said most of those affected were from the sprawling Sadr City neighbourhood where many of Baghdad`s poorest Shi’ites live.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr Ziyad Tariq confirmed the number of people who were sickened from breathing the poisoned air.
Security officials blamed the explosion on a mechanical problem at the water plant.