Thirty hospitalized after chlorine gas leak in Brazil

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 01:00

Sao Paulo: Chlorine gas leaked
from a petrochemical plant has sent 30 people to the hospital
in northeastern Brazil.



Children and elderly are among those hospitalized with
difficulty breathing and a burning sensation in the eyes and
mouth.



Braskem SA said in a statement that it detected the
leak Saturday night after an incident at its unit in the city
of Maceio.



The company said it quickly controlled the leak and
denied it was caused by an explosion.

Globo TV`s G1 website said those hospitalized were not
in serious condition and would remain under observation.

Braskem is South America`s largest petrochemical
company and is controlled by Brazilian holding group Odebrecht
SA.



PTI



First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 01:00

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