Man Made Disaster

Gas-leak residents allowed home

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 April, 2005, 12:00am


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Most of the residents displaced by a deadly chlorine gas leak from a truck crash in Huaian City , Jiangsu Province, were allowed to return home last night.

Four days after the chemical spill forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people, the provincial government said checks showed it was safe for all but a few hundred to go home.

The government said people whose crops were contaminated would be given food. The accident, which killed at least 28 people and injured 350, occurred on Tuesday when an overloaded truck carrying 35 tonnes of liquefied chlorine rammed a cargo lorry after a tyre exploded. The government completed cleanup work yesterday morning.

The driver of the chlorine truck, Kang Zhaoyong, and his partner Wang Gang turned themselves in to police in Nanjing a day after the crash.

Deputy governor Li Quanlin, who also leads the rescue team, told Xinhua that local environment agencies were monitoring the affected area.

Han Qinghua, deputy party secretary, said work had begun on providing compensation, expected to cost 1.41 million yuan - 150,000 yuan for each person killed and 75,000 yuan for each of those in critical condition.

The Hong Kong China News Agency reported that the accident was expected to cost around 29 million yuan.