Goa village evacuated after ammonia gas leak
At least two women were today shifted to a hospital and hundreds of residents in Goa’s Chicalim village evacuated from their homes after a tanker carrying ammonia overturned on the nearby highway connecting Vasco City to Panaji. The incident occurred at around 2.45 a.m. when the tanker from Mormugao Port Trust to Zuari Industries Limited, overturned at the highway and gas started leaking from it. “Disaster response teams were sent to the site immediately while police and fire and emergency service personnel were asked to wake up people and evacuate the entire area,” Deputy Collector Mahadev Arondekar told PTI.“Two women had to be shifted to a nearby hospital as they complained of breathlessness,” a senior district administration official said, adding that they were sleeping inside their house close to the accident. According to Vasco Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo the highway crossing through Chicalim village has been blocked for traffic. “We have stopped the motorists from using the road. Also we have informed the public in the vicinity to evacuate and to cover their mouth with masks or wet clothes,” he said. Nearly 300 houses are located in the area, a few kilometres from Goa’s Dabolim Airport.