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The number affected by chlorine leak in Georgia has risen to 70 people

2012-07-04 12:31

The number of victims of the chlorine leak in the village of Lilo near Tbilisi has risen to 70 people, the Interfax reported. There are reports that the number of poisoned has reached 73 people.


According to the Georgian Ministry of Health, 56 people, many of whom are children, were hospitalized. Now, only one young man is in critical condition, the state of the majority of the victims is rather satisfactory. 18-year-old Lasha Narimanidze is in critical condition. The victim suffers from asthma, which, according to the doctors, led to such consequences. Forecasts of doctors are still disappointing; they are fighting for his life.

As recalled by the RIA Novosti, chlorine leak occurred from a 800-liter capacity, owned by a water distribution company. Chlorine is used in particular for water disinfection. According to officials, the container with chlorine belonged to a private Iranian company.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and the Minister of Health of Georgia Zurab Chiaberashvili have visited the victims.

The Service of Emergency Situations told reporters that chlorine leak has been eliminated, evacuation was not required.

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