Ammonia leaks at chemical plant in Kochi's Willingdon Island, forces evacuation of residents, school students

Kochi: Students of the central school in Willingdon Island and nearby residents were on Saturday made to evacuate the area after ammonia gas allegedly leaked from a tanker lorry, police said.

The leak occurred in a pipe connected to the lorry when ammonia was being transferred from a plant managed by Fertilisers And Chemicals Travancore (FACT), officials said.

Police said it was not a major leak. The incident occurred at around 1.30 pm. The situation was now under control, they said.

Some people who complained of breathing problems, nausea and irritation in the eyes after the leak were treated at a health facility of the Cochin Port Trust and all of them were now fine, they said.

Police said the school was immediately evacuated after the wind started blowing in the direction of the institution following the leakage.

Steps were also taken to evacuate them through a lake, they said.

Updated Date: Jan 27, 2018 19:10:28 IST