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07 December 2009 :: 10:12:10 am 31144

More Than 50 Treated, Released in Butane Leak on Vessel at Map Ta Phut

Rayong, the 6th of December (TNA): More than 50 residents of Map Ta Phut municipality in the eastern industrial hub of Rayong were sent to hospital for treatment after they inhaled butane leaked from a ship, officials said.
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Eighteen residents were sent to hospital on Saturday and 40 others sought medical treatment Sunday, with 17 kept under surveillance for a time. All were later discharged.

Local residents experienced severe headache, chest pains and vomiting, apparently due to leaked butane, similar to cooking gas.

Officials of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) said the owner of the ship, the Global Hime registered in Singapore, is prepared to pay for medical bills for the victims.

The incident took place when butane leaked from a safety valve aboard the ship while its cargo was being loaded. Officials said the leaked chemical substance was not dangerous and that the safety valve was repaired before the ship departed with its cargo.

Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu, a member of the committee tasked with resolving the Map Ta Phut problem, complained that managers of the industrial estate were unable to stop gas leakage from the ship, which happened Saturday afternoon before it was carried to the nearby communities.

The incidents took place while members of a four-party panel chaired by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun visited residents in Map Ta Phut municipality for the first time on Saturday to gain first hand information on industrial pollution in the area.

In November, the government appointed a panel to resolve problems prevailing in the area after the Administrative Court temporarily suspended 76 industrial projects in September.

To date, the court has allowed only 11 of a total 76 projects to continue their operations while 65 will remain shuttered until a full court hearing takes place and resolves the matter. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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