At least 10 dead and 250 injured as crane drops tank full of TOXIC GAS onto ship
At least ten are killed and 250 injured as a crane drops a tank full of TOXIC GAS onto a container ship, causing a huge deadly yellow cloud in the Jordanian port
- Dramatic footage shows dockworkers lifting the tank onto a container ship
- The tank released poisonous gas in the port city of Aqaba in southern Jordan.
- The substance has not been identified but residents are urged to stay indoors
Ten people have died and 251 have been injured after a poison gas tank exploded and released toxic gas over a Jordanian port when workers dumped it on the dock of a ship.
Dramatic footage shows dockers lifting the tank onto a container ship in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba when it slipped off the hook, bursting and spreading deadly fumes around the port.
The crane can be seen suspending the container above the ship before releasing it early, dropping it to the ground where it explodes in a plume of yellow smoke.
Workers were attempting to place the tank on a container ship, as officials said the cylinder contained chlorine that was about to be exported overseas.
Port workers were filmed trying to escape the fumes.
A statement seen by The Jordan Times said the leak was the result of a technical malfunction in the switch on the 1,500 liter chlorine cylinder.
Dramatic footage shows dockers lifting the tank onto a container ship in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba when it slipped off the hook, killing at least 10 people
The crane can be seen suspending the container above the ship before releasing it early, dropping it to the ground where it explodes in a plume of yellow smoke
A statement seen by The Jordan Times said the leak was the result of a technical malfunction in the switch on the 1,500 liter chlorine bottle.
Port workers can be seen trying to flee the fumes as they spread around Jordanian docks
CDD teams administered first aid to the injured and took them to Princess Salma and Karak hospitals, according to a CDD statement.
Management said authorities cordoned off the area after evacuating the injured to hospitals and dispatching specialists to deal with the situation.
Dr Jamal Obeidat, a local health official, urged people to stay indoors and close windows and doors.
The nearest residential area is 24 km away, but it is impossible to say how far the substance could spread.
HOW TOXIC IS CHLORINE?
Chlorine, which is normally used to disinfect swimming pools and sanitize sewage, is toxic in concentrated doses.
Most incidents of chlorine poisoning result from ingesting household cleaners, as is common in cleaning products.
Chlorine poisoning can cause symptoms throughout your body. Respiratory symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, and fluid inside the lungs.
In extreme cases, it can cause skin burns and loss of vision, thereby altering the pH balance of the blood.
The Imperial State of Germany used chlorine gas as a weapon against the Allies in World War I to clear enemy forward positions in the Battle of Ypres – although France was the first to use the gas and that the British then used it in combat.
It can react with water in the lungs to form hydrochloric acid, resulting in approximately 30,000 deaths on both sides.
The Geneva Protocol banned the use of chlorine gas in 1925.