A chlorine cylinder belonging to the Plateau State government exploded yesterday at the Lamingo water dam in Jos, leaving eight people dead.
The victims had inhaled the poisonous gas emitted by the explosion.
Chlorine is used in treating water for human consumption.
Over a hundred other people who inhaled the gas however escaped death but were rushed to OLA Hospital, Evangel Hospital (Jankwano), Plateau Specialist Hospital and Air Force Hospital for treatment.
The Director of press and public affairs to Governor Simeon Lalong, Samuel Nanle confirmed the incident.
He said some of those taken to the hospital had been discharged, adding that the contamination had been contained and “does not affect the water which has been supplied to public mains; water from the public mains is safe for consumption and is not affected in anyway by the Arial contamination of Chlorine from the exploded cylinder.”
Government commiserated with the families of the victims and “has taken immediate measures to address the issues of expired components of the Treatment Plant and to guard against future reoccurrence of this unfortunate incidence”
Deputy Governor Prof. Sunny Tyoden led a government delegation to see those receiving treatment on account of the explosion and promised them assistance in settling their hospital bills.
He also visited the water treatment plant where the explosion occurred. He was accompanied by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Peter Azi, Chief of Staff Government House, John Dafan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Water Resources Hanatu Dantong and Commissioner of Police Nasiru Oki.
The deputy governor condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the incidence and cautioned the general public against building residential houses close to industrial areas to avoid such casualties on human lives.
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