More than 130 hospitalized after Iran chemical leak: state media...

More than 130 hospitalized after Iran chemical leak: state media

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:13 PM, 14 June 2022  

More than 130 people were hospitalized with breathing difficulties following a chemical leak at a factory in southern Iran; Photo: Collected

More than 130 people were hospitalized with breathing difficulties following a chemical leak at a factory in southern Iran; Photo: Collected

More than 130 people were hospitalized with breathing difficulties following a chemical leak at a factory in southern Iran, state media reported on Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the leak of “nitrogen gas” from a “soda ash production plant” in the city of Firuzabad, the official IRNA news agency said.

“The injured mostly suffered from respiratory problems caused by nitrogen gas, which is not dangerous,” the crisis management director for Fars province, Khalil Abdollahi, was quoted as saying.

No one was killed and most of those hospitalized have since been discharged, a provincial medical official said.

Opened in 2020, the Firuzabad Sodium Carbonate Factory has an annual production capacity of 320,000 tonnes, IRNA said.

Also known as soda ash, sodium carbonate is mostly used in the manufacture of detergents, soaps, paper, glass and petrochemical products. – AFP

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