DEZFUL, Iran - Hundreds of people suffered from a chlorine gas leak in Iran’s southern city of Dezful.
According to the official IRNA news agency, 475 people suffered respiratory problems, intoxication and other symptoms after the gas leak on Sunday.
Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said 475 victims were rushed to the local hospitals in the city of Dezful, which is about 805 kilometres south-west of the capital, Tehran and has a population of 250,000.
Later, reports noted that 45 people were hospitalised, while many of the other victims were released after receiving due ambulatory care.
According to the agency, the gas leaked from reservoirs in an abandoned warehouse belonging to the local water supply company.
Experts have said that severe exposure to chlorine is dangerous to a human and can lead to the destruction of living tissue along with symptoms of acute airway obstruction including wheezing, cough, and chest tightness, acute lung injuries and even death.