Chlorine gas leak kills 12 people and injures 251 at Jordan Port


At least 12 people were killed and 251 were injured in a chlorine gas leak from a storage tank in Jordan’s port of Aqaba, officials and state media reported on Monday.

The leak occurred after a 25-tonn chlorine-filled tank that had been exported to Djibouti fell in transit, officials said.

Posted video A Twitter page on state television showed that a storage tank fell from a winch and hit the deck of a ship, with yellow gas rising into the air as people fled.

Health ministry officials said they expect only a handful of people to stay in the hospital by Tuesday.

Chlorine is a widely used disinfectant and water purifier, but when inhaled it turns the gas into hydrochloric acid, which can lead to internal combustion and drowning due to the reaction release of water in the lungs.

Jordan’s Aqaba grain storage silo has ceased work to inspect grain and check for signs of contamination, but maritime traffic at Aqaba’s ports continues.

They added that at the time of the incident, there were no ships to unload grain cargo.

The port of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea has long been the main transportation route for Iraq’s imports and exports.

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh arrived in Aqaba and headed to a hospital where some of the injured were being treated, state television reported.

Al-Khasawneh also formed an investigation team for the case chaired by the Minister of Interior, state television quoted as the Minister of Information said.