Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Home > News Brief > China
One dead, 20,000 evacuated in ammonia leak
Latest Updated by 2006-11-02 11:55:06
Related News
Tourists return home from Taiwan after road accident 
Three found dead in NW China landslide
Shoe factories destroyed in fire
7 Dead in Jilin fireworks plant blast
China says nuclear-free peninsula remains goal
One dead, 20,000 evacuated in ammonia leak
Regulations issued to support anti-money laundering law

About 20,000 residents in central China 's Hubei Province were evacuated after an ammonia leak at a fertilizer factory on Wednesday that has left one dead and six injured.

The leak occurred around 7:50 a.m. in a nitrogen fertilizer factory in Dawu County when an ammonia pipe broke, said Chen Yixin, assistant general manager of the Huangmailing Phosphorus Chemical Industry Group Company, which owns the factory.

A factory worker died at the site. The injured included three factory workers, a fire fighter, a 16-year-old middle school student who was on her way to school at the time, and a pregnant woman in a nearby village.

All the injured are out of critical condition.

The leak was stopped at 8:40 a.m. after workers closed the valve of the pipe.

About 10 tons of ammonia gas leaked, according to Chen.

The factory was located in the south of the county. The gas spread quickly to the southern county due to the foggy and windy weather.

Students in nearby schools and residents near the factory were immediately evacuated with the help of local public security, firefighters and health workers.

Fire fighters sprayed water into the air in shifts to dissipate the gas. The smell of ammonia was still in the air at the factory on Wednesday evening.

However, the water flowed directly into the Huanhe River, where the factory is located, resulting in temporary super-high levels of ammonia and nitrogen in the river and threatening the safety of water use downstream.

The local government discharged water from two reservoirs upstream to dilute the river water.

By Wednesday afternoon, the contents of ammonia and nitrogen in the Huanhe River had dropped, said county environmental protection authorities.

Meanwhile, evacuees began to return home from Wednesday evening.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

Ammonia has a very strong odor in large quantities. Low levels of ammonia in the air may harm asthma sufferers and other people with health problems, and high levels may cause lung damage or death.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
Previous:  China says nuclear-free peninsula remains goal  Next:Regulations issued to support anti-money laundering law

Emergency drill staged in Shenzhen

Mountain climbing festival opens

Chen Family Ancestral Hall in Guangzhou

Foshan 1st ring expressway to open to traffic

HK horror film fails to terrify mainland audience
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips