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Six dead in leak at Chinese chemical plant

22 July 2008

Sulphurated hydrogen leaked at a chemical plant in south-west China's Yunnan Province, June 2008, resulting in the death of six people who were gassed to death and sickening another 28. The accident occurred at Qitian Fertiliser Plant in Anning, about 10 kilometres from the provincial capital Kunming.

Local safety authorities capped the gas leak shortly after the accident, and an assessment by the environment watchdog suggested no damage had been done. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Sulphurated hydrogen, which smells of rotten eggs, killed 243 people in the December 2003 leakage in a well near Kaixian County of Chongqing Municipality.

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