Toxic gases are collecting more … and the situation is returning to normal in Aqaba

The death toll in the Jordanian port of Aqaba rises to 13, after the release of toxic chlorine gas from a container that fell from a ship on Monday, while the authorities confirmed that “the situation is under control”.

Today, Tuesday, the Jordanian minister of state for the affairs of the mediaFaisal Shboul, said the death toll has risen from 12 to 13, while the number of people in hospitals is currently 123 injured.

No danger to residential areas

For his part, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, who is located in the coastal city of Aqaba (328 km south of Amman), accompanied by the Interior and Health Ministers, confirmed that the situation is under control, but the authorities they decided to keep an isolated distance of four kilometers to the crash site for an additional hours.

And he added: “Experts estimate that there is no danger of the gas moving into residential areas.” As reported by AFP.

In addition, he explained, “he entrusted the Minister of the Interior with the leadership of an investigative team that includes all the competent authorities to find out what exactly happened. in this unfortunate accident and to guarantee workers the highest levels of public safety. in ports and to dedicate safety procedures to the management of hazardous materials “.

In turn, Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya confirmed that “the work has resumed this morning in all ports of Aqaba, with the exception of berth no. 4, in order to ensure safety once and for all “.

Wind speed

As for the Commissioner for Tourism and the Environment of the Authority of the Special Economic Zone of Aqaba, Nidal Al-Majali, he confirmed that “the impact of the leaked gas has decreased”. “The wind speed at the crash site, which reached about 1.9 meters per second, and its north direction, helped prevent any expansion of the material,” he told the Jordan News Agency.

Despite these assurances, the general manager of the silos, Imad Al-Tarawneh, specified that “the works will be suspended today, to examine the entire quantity of grain stored in the Aqaba silos.

It should be noted that the port of Aqaba witnessed the fall and explosion of a tanker containing toxic chlorine yesterday, which killed 12 people and injured 260, including Jordanians and foreigners, according to what was announced at the time by the Government Crisis Center.

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