India Gas Leak – level 3

13-05-2020 15:00

A chemical gas leak in southern India has killed at least 13 people, and it is estimated that 1,000 people were left struggling to breathe and collapsing in the street. Residents complained of breathing problems, rashes, and sore eyes.

Everyone within about 3 miles of the plant was evacuated, because officials were worried that rising temperatures at the plant could lead to another leak. Officials said that the synthetic chemical styrene leaked from the plant, which was closed during the coronavirus lockdown, and which workers are prepared to restart.

Authorities advised people to wear wet clothes and masks, avoid eating uncovered food, and consume bananas and milk. This food helps neutralize the effect of the gas.

Difficult words: synthetic (made by a chemical reaction that imitates a natural product), styrene (a liquid substance used to make plastics), consume (to eat), neutralize (to make something chemically neutral or balanced by applying an opposite force or effect).

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