HAZMAT – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines

EDIS Number: HZ-20120302-34373-PHL
Date / time: 02/03/2012 06:46:24 [UTC]
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Region IX
Location: Ayala Villages [Sitio Dumagasa]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 110 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large


Ninety-nine people were hospitalized for suffocation, nausea and eye irritation, while thousands of residents were evacuated after a chemical leaked from an ice plant in a west coast village here. The ammonia gas leak occurred around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at the E & L Ice Plant located in Sitio Dumagasa, Ayala village, 16 kilometers west of the city, said the police. Most of the victims were workers of the ice plant and members of the United Visayan Homeowners Association who are living nearby. Renwel Balili, a checker of the E & L Ice Plant, said the ammonia gas leaked when an ice molder fell and hit one of the plant's cooling system pipes. He said they were scheduled to produce ice for different fishing firms that are set to resume operation since the closed season for commercial fishing ended Wednesday when the incident happened. The E & L Ice Plant has stopped operations and would only resume once the damaged cooling system pipe will be repaired or replaced, Balili said. Jesusa Cabusa, 57, a resident of the United Visayan Homeowners Association, said they were forced to evacuate since they were suffocated after noting a white smoke billowed from the ice plant compound. The United Visayan Homeowners Association is located on the southern side of the E & L Ice Plant. Majority of its members are working in nearby sardine factories. Cabusa said her chest tightened and eyes seemed to pop out. Cabusa and her fellow homeowners were initially evacuated to the compound of a nearby tuna canning firm, where they were initially treated. They were later on transferred to the gymnasium of the Ayala National High School. Five of the 99 people who were hospitalized remained at the hospital as of Thursday afternoon. Mayor Celso Lobregat, who immediately went to the ice plant after the ammonia leak, ordered investigation on the incident.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-03-02 at 08:25:21.

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