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Residents of French city suffer from sickness after blaze at lubricant plant

01 October 2019

Residents in the northern city of Rouen are still suffering from nausea and vomiting days after an explosion and fire at the Lubrizol lubricant and chemical plant in the city covered the surrounding area in a thick black cloud.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

According to The Local France, French PM Edouard Philippe visited Rouen on October 1 to try to calm fears among residents who claim still to be suffering days after the massive blaze at the plant which started on September 28.

A stench still hangs over the city and schools have closed due to staff and pupils feeling unwell. The Rouen music academy and concert hall, the Conservatoire, has also been closed due to nausea and vomiting.

The local authority has also tried to calm suggestions that the city's drinking water is dangerously polluted after several videos emerged on Twitter showing black water coming out a tap at a home in the city.

But France's health minister Agnes Buzyn said that the city is clearly polluted and that traces of hydrocarbons have been detected.

On October 1, authorities banned the harvesting of crops and sale of produce of animal origin from the region, as a precautionary measure.

It has also emerged that the owners of the Lubrizol plant had filed an official complaint with police, claiming that the fire that provoked the massive explosion was started outside the factory.

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