File photo: Egyptian Water Plant (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Assiut governor Yasser El-Desouky refers officials for investigation after Sunday’s chlorine leak at a water purification plant in Upper Egypt’s Quseya city, MENA reported.
The chlorine leak was followed by 50 reported cases of locals suffering from shortness of breath.
El-Desouky added that all 50 cases took place due to a chlorine gas leak and is unrelated to the water coming out of the plant.
He added that 48 of those cases received treatment in Quseya Central Hospital.
The investigation will include the general manager of the plant, the operational manager, and the official responsible for the safety of the plant.
Ahmed Qassem, head of the Quseya municipality, said that the incident took place during the transportation of a chlorine gas cylinder to the water plant. The cylinder broke after falling on the floor, causing the leak. The gas then spread to surrounding areas.