Chlorine tank accident kills 13

Around 13 people are dead, and more than 250 have been injured, by an incident involving a chlorine tank at Aqaba port in Jordan. 

A tank containing 25 metric tons of chlorine was being exported to Djibouti when a crane malfunction caused it to fall. The tank slammed into the deck of the ship and exploded, sending a cloud of bright yellow gas in all directions. Video footage from the port shows the incident as it happened, with dock workers scattering for safety.

Health and safety officials have advised citizens to close their windows and remain inside. The Civil Defence service announced on its Facebook page that specialised teams have been scrambled to deal with the gas, and planes were being sent to evacuate people from Aqaba.

Video of the incident can be vierwed here


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