explosionAt least eight persons have been confirmed dead and over 101 persons injured as a result of chemical explosion at the Plateau Water Board treatment plant in Jos, Plateau State capital early saturday morning .
Plateau state governor Simon Lalong, who confirmed the sad incident to newsmen in a statement signed by his director of Press affairs , Nanle Emanuel, said “ There was an excess Chlorine inhalation from an exploded Chlorine Cylinder by residents around the Lamingo Water Board Treatment Plant as a result of which 101 (One hundred and one) people are receiving treatment at OLA Hospital, Evangel Hospital (Jankwano), Plateau Specialist Hospital and Airforce Hospital, some of which have been discharged.
The statement also said that eight persons were confirmed dead as a result of the inhalation of the contaminated air.
The statement however said that the contamination has been contained and does not affect the water which has been supplied to Public Mains; water from the public mains is safe for consumption and is not affected in anyway by the Ariel contamination of Chlorine from the exploded cylinder.
“The government wishes to commiserate with the families of the victims of this industrial hazard and has taken immediate measures to address the issues of expired components of the Treatment Plant and to guard against future reoccurrence of this unfortunate incidence.”
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of the state Police Command , DSP Emmanuel Abu, yesterday said the incident was as a result of chlorine explosion from a treatment plant at Water Board. Abu said the treatment plant had been cordoned off while management of the plant have been advised to take necessary precautionary steps.
He said a number of persons had been injured in the explosion and were presently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital. “Our anti-bomb squad took control of the area and they evacuated the affected persons to the hospital. Sadly, five persons died in the hospital while others are receiving treatment,” said the Police spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Plateau state Government yesterday said it would settle the medical bills of the victims affected during the industrial hazard that occurred in Jos.
Deputy Governor, Prof Sonni Tyoden assured victims of the industrial hazard at the Lamingo water treatment plant that government would assist in payment of their bills.
Tyoden, who was in company of the Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly, PLHA, Peter Azi, Chief of Staff to the governor, John Dafaan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Hannatu Dantong and the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, described the incident as unfortunate.
Professor Tyoden, who was visibly touched by the level of harm to lives, sympathized with those victims and urged Plateau citizens not to build residential houses near industrial areas to avoid future recurrence.

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