12 dead and more than 250 injured after a gas leak in the Jordanian port of Aqaba | Abroad

At least 12 dead and more than 260 injured, Jordanian authorities reported a disaster in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba, where toxic chlorine gas managed to escape. Pictures of yellow vapor above the water were seen on social media.

The leak is said to have arisen during transportation of the container. When it was loaded onto a boat, an error occurred. The container collapsed, allowing toxic chlorine gas to escape. The pictures show how a yellow cloud spreads at lightning speed.

The authorities decided to establish field hospitals. The nearby hospitals were soon overcrowded. Some of the wounded are still in critical condition. However, according to Al Arabiya news channel, the city no longer needed to fear new consequences of the chlorine gas leak in the port.

People in Aqaba Hospital © Reuters

Aqaba, Jordan’s only port, is one of the largest on the Red Sea. The state-run Al-Mamlaka TV channel reported that the grain silos in the port will remain unusable until at least Tuesday until it is confirmed that the grain is not affected by the toxic fumes.

The leak is said to have arisen during transportation of the container.

The leak is said to have arisen during transportation of the container. © AFP



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