MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – At least 60 workers and residents in Zamboanga City were rushed to the hospital after an explosion at a fishing company ice plant triggered a chemical leak Wednesday night.
The workers and residents experienced nausea and vomiting due to a huge volume of ammonia that leaked from the ice plant of Leo Fishing Company in Barangay Ayala.
The leak also resulted in the evacuation of some 2,000 residents of the barangay.
The victims were brought to a nearby hospital and barangay health center to receive treatment.
The plant’s owner, Ismael Tan, said a heavy ice can fell into and damaged a pipe that distributes ammonia.
Tan said the plant workers panicked and failed to immediately contain the leak.
The leak was finally contained past midnight, but residents opted to spend the night at the barangay gym.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. - Report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga