KMNL Plant Gas Leak Made 40 students Hospitalized

Published on: 08 Aug, 2014
Published under: Kerala Health News, Kollam District News

The gas leakage in the Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd plant in Chavara was hazardous which resulted into hospitalization of Around 40 students of Government HSS, Sankaramangalam.

The students developed nausea and dizziness after 9.30 am when the gas, favoured by a southward wind, reached the school premises located 300 m south of the plant. The students were immediately taken to a nearby private hospital and Karunagappally Taluk Hospital by the school authorities.

“The leak was immediately sealed and there were no further problems,” he said. Karunagappally ACP Devamanohar said that the police had not received any complaint from the victims of the incident. “We presume the gas to be sulphur dioxide, which had caused the trouble,” he said. Karunagappally Tahsildar Basheer Kunju and the ACP visited the site immediately after the incident.

District Medical Officer K Salila said that such incidents had occurred previously also. “Children are more vulnerable to respiratory problems owing to such gas leaks. The pervious incident happened a year-and-a-half ago and so we were prepared and equipped to provide treatment in Karunagapally Taluk Hospital itself,” Salila said.


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