Ten people died and 251 were injured in a toxic gas leak from a storage tank in Jordan’s Aqaba port, state TV reported, as authorities called on residents to close windows and stay on the inside.
Monday’s leak came after a tank full of toxic gas fell while being transported, state news agency Petra quoted the spokesperson for the public security directorate as saying.
Video posted to state television’s Twitter page showed a storage tank falling from a winch and slamming into the deck of a ship, followed by yellow-colored gas rising into the air as people were fleeing.
City health officials have urged residents to close their windows and stay at home, according to state television.
Specialized teams were still dealing with the leak, the Civil Defense Service said on its Facebook page. Evacuation planes have been sent to Aqaba, state television said.
Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh was traveling to Aqaba, state television reported.
Khasawneh has also formed an investigation team into the incident chaired by the interior minister, state television quoted the information minister as saying.