5,000 evacuated after chlorine leak

Updated: 2007-04-25 16:43

Five thousand people have been evacuated after a chlorine leak in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, officials with the local government said on Wednesday.

The leak occurred around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at a water plant in Yilan county, in east Harbin city, capital of Heilongjiang, said Zhao Changman, deputy chief of the county government.

Zhao said 2,000 students and teachers in a neighboring school and about 3,000 residents in the neighbourhood have been evacuated.

Zhao said so far he did not know whether any people have been hospitalized.
Fire-fighters have arrived at the scene to try to cap the leak.

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