At least 12 people have died after a toxic gas leak from a tanker in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba. Another 250 people fell ill in the incident.
The accident happened on Monday (June 26) local time.
Authorities say the tanker was carrying toxic chlorine gas
when it fell off a crane and crashed into the ship’s deck. Then the gas spread.
According to the country’s officials,
a tank loaded with 25 tonnes of chlorine gas exported to
Djibouti fell from a crane while leaking and leaked gas.
A video posted on state television’s Twitter account showed
a storage tank crashing into the deck of a ship from a crane. Then the yellow gas spread around.
Authorities banned entry to the area after the accident. Many who fell ill rescued and taken to hospital. 199 people still treated at the hospital.
- A video posted on state television’s Twitter page showed a tank falling off a crane and crashing into a ship. Then this happened. Yellow gas was flying in the air as people fled.
- Prime Minister Bishar al-Khasawaneh has ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the incident. He also went to the hospital to see the injured after inspecting the spot.
Local health official Jamal Obedat advised people in
a residential area 25 km from the spot to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.🔱