The People’s Committee of HCM City’s Bình Chánh District has asked authorities to supervise the discharge of ammonia gas (NH3) at all branches of Vĩnh Lộc Co Ltd.— Photo vnexpress.net
HCM CITY — The People’s Committee of HCM City’s Bình Chánh District has asked authorities to supervise the discharge of ammonia gas (NH3) at all branches of Vĩnh Lộc Co Ltd.
This follows the leaking of 7,000 litres of the toxic gas at a filling station in An Phú Tây Commune on Tuesday.
Four people were hospitalised and thousands evacuated in the mishap.
At a conference on Wednesday, chairman of Bình Chánh District’s People’s Committee, Trần Phú Lữ, said the committee had asked the city’s People’s Committee to clarify responsibilities of management agencies who granted a licence to the company.
It would propose the city authority develop a plan for removing such stations from residential areas to avoid similar incidents.
Lữ said the committee would work with the municipal Department of Health to monitor concentrations of ammonia in the air at these stations.
The leak occurred at about 9am on Tuesday when a gas tanker driver failed to follow safety rules while extracting NH3 at the filling station, causing a valve to burst open.
Four people, including the driver, were hospitalised after fainting from gas inhalation. The gas also killed many plants, livestock and poultry nearby. Thousands of residents, including students from a local primary school, were immediately evacuated out of the area.
Firefighters were rushed to the site to spray water in the air to dissolve the leaked ammonia.
Lữ said that by Wednesday afternoon, one patient had recovered and been discharged from hospital. The remaining patients, workers of the company, were stil being treated.
All those who were affected have since returned to work, apart from six people in two households next to the filling station.
The People’s Committee of An Phú Tây Commune said that it had found a temporary home for the two households.
The accident site has been blocked and security guards mobilised to protect property of the two households.
Võ Thị Hoàng Oanh, secretariat of An Phú Tây Commune’s Party Committee, said the committee was evaluating the losses of affected residents and would tell the company to pay compensation.
The 7,000 litres of gas lost was worth about VNĐ300 million (US$13,200).
The committee, together with the district authority, has inspected An Phú Tây Primary School and Nguyễn Văn Linh Secondary School, where about 1,000 students were moved due to the incident. All the students resumed their study at schools. — VNS