Chemical Leak at Thai Port Sickens Locals
More than 100 people have been sickened by a chemical leak from a Hong Kong ship in eastern Thailand, authorities reported. Fumes from the leak spread inland on Thursday, affecting at least 139 locals.
Hazardous flammable liquids leaked from containers on Thursday after one container fell onto the liquid tank as the ship anchored in Laem Chabang port in Chonburi province.
Villagers exposed to the chemicals have been treated/hospitalized for skin irritations, breathing difficulties, nausea and headaches. The areas near the eastern seaport were evacuated.
The leak on the ship was contained within a few hours. The chemicals, identified as butyl acrylates, are used for polymer manufacturing and in industrial production.
The ship was traveling from Jakarta, Indonesia. It was moved 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from the port before the chemicals were cleaned up.
Laem Chabang is Thailand's main deep seaport and is located 116km southeast of Bangkok.