Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kenya: 20 in hospital, many evacuated in Nairobi factory gas leak - 28th Sept 2011

At least 20 people have been rushed to hospital after a gas leak at a factory in Shauri Moyo, in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

The Kenya Red Cross identified the gas as chlorine and said it apparently leaked from a welding factory in Shauri Moyo, near the busy Burma market Wednesday.

Some 304 students from the nearby Shauri Moyo Adventist School were evacuated to the Pumwani Social Hall.

"The Chlorine came from a welding factory in Shauri Moyo. Experts were called in and the road from Burma leading to Gikomba has been cordoned off," the KRC communications officer, Ms Nelly Muluka.

The KRC also issued an alert warning people to avoid the area, saying the gas was highly poisonous. Source