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41 hospitalized after chemical plant leak in central China

China Chem Leak41 hospitalized after chemical plant leak in central China

ZHENGZHOU, — Forty-one people have been hospitalized after a synthetic ammonia leak at a chemical plant in Henan Province, central China, on Friday morning, the Pingdingshan city government said.

At about 6:30 a.m. at Henan Zhonghong Coal Chemical Company, 300 kg of synthesized ammonia leaked from a cracked pipe.

A total of 154 residents that live nearby were sent to hospital. Forty-one remain under observation, including five in serious condition.

The government said ammonia detected in the air near the site is within the national standard.

Plant operations have been suspended.

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