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30 Injured in Chlorine Leak in Perm

Thirty people were injured ina chemical leak inthe Perm region Friday, and 27 ofthem were hospitalized, theEmergency Situations Ministry said.

A chlorine leak occurred atthe Soda-Chlorate chemical plant around 6:30 a.m. inthe city ofBerezniki, incentral Russia, about 1,500 kilometers east ofMoscow, the ministry said in comments carried by Interfax.

No fatalities were reported, but doctors have advised people who were atthe scene toseek medical attention.

Preliminary reports say the leak was caused by atechnical malfunction stemming froma frozen valve. This is thesecond such incident inthe area inthe past six months.

(MT)

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