Oct 22, Colombo: A toxic gas leak from a factory in a suburb of Sri Lankan capital prompted authorities to close the factory on Tuesday after more than 70 factory workers and residents near the factory were hospitalized following the leak.
About 72 factory workers and nearby residents who complained of breathing difficulties were admitted to the hospital after a suspected gas leak at a chemical factory in Piliyandala, police said.
Many of the affected were later discharged. However 25 out of them including 3 children are still receiving treatment at Kalubowila and Piliyandala hospitals, local media reported.
Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Ajith Rohana said the preliminary investigations suggest that it was an ammonia gas leak from the plant.
The Central Environment Authority acted promptly and temporarily suspended the Environmental Protection License of the chemical manufacturing factory.
Police Media said that the Piliyandala Police has deployed a special investigation team to probe the incident.