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At least 5 dead, 20 hospitalized due to chemical leak in Surat’s GIDC area

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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At least 5 dead, 20 hospitalized due to chemical leak in Surat’s GIDC area

New Delhi: At least five people were killed and 20 injured in a chemical leak incident from a tanker in the Sachin GIDC area in Gujarat’s Surat in the wee hours of Thursday. All the people were immediately rushed to the Surat Civil Hospital for treatment.

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“At least five workers have died at a hospital, where some 25 of them were rushed as they fell unconscious after inhaling toxic fumes coming out of a chemical tanker parked near their factory in Sachin GIDC area,” said Basant Pareek, in-charge Chief Fire Office of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).

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The workers were sleeping inside the factory at the time of the incident. They were rushed to the New Civil Hospital, he said. Pareek said the tanker was trying to dispose of toxic chemicals illegally. The fire department, which received a call regarding the incident around 4.25 am, managed to close the valve to arrest the leakage of fumes.

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