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Chlorine and Ammonia Leak Kills One Person, Sickens 79

November 22, 1985

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Chlorine and ammonia gas fumes gushed from a factory near the capital, killing one person and sickening 79 others, a police spokesman said today.

The spokesman, Ramesh Nanda, said the leak Thursday night at a complex owned by the Okala Industrial Development Authority forced about 500 area residents to evacuate their homes.

He said many people fell unconscious as the gas spread over the neighborhood. He said 79 people, including 18 children, were taken to a hospital, where all but 34 were discharged after receiving first aid.

At least one person was in serious condition, he said.

Nanda said those taken to the hospital reported trouble breathing and eye irritation.

P.A. Sangma, the minister of state for home affairs, told Parliament a government inquiry had been ordered and ″strict action″ would be taken against those found responsible.

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