Victims fall ill in toxic gas alert
12 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dozens of people fell ill in Zaandam on Thursday in an incident probably caused by a cloud of toxic fumes released from the Amsterdam port.
12 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dozens of people fell ill in Zaandam on Thursday in an incident probably caused by a cloud of toxic fumes released from the Amsterdam port.
Some 18 students of the Regio College in Zaandam and 29 workers at a branch of ABN Amro bank reported to local health authorities.
The first victims started feeling ill at about 11.30am. All of them complained of burning eyes and nausea. One person was treated in hospital and later released.
Authorities quickly evacuated the school and workers from the bank and a branch of the social security authority (Sociale Verzekeringsbank).
Fire brigade authorities received another 10 reports from people who were having problems from the polluted air at about 3pm in the Zaandam city centre.
The incident is being blamed on a cloud of toxic fumes that passed from Amsterdam's Westelijk Havengebied across to Zaandam. It is not yet clear what kind of vapour escaped.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news