Thursday, August 11, 2022

First responders stop ammonia leak at Donetsk brewery — officials - TASS

The Emergency Situations Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic on Thursday said it stopped an ammonia leak that emerged after a shelling of a Donetsk brewery by Ukrainian forces.

"As of 01:00 DPR’s ESM stopped the ammonia leak at the Donetsk brewery," the ministry said on Telegram. The minister led a team of 51 people as they worked to eliminate the emergency, the ministry said.

The area of exposure to ammonia is two kilometers. The ministry said there were 32 people at the plant at the time of the incident. According to preliminary information, 1 person was killed and 2 were injured, the ministry said on Telegram on Thursday. The statement said the fire that erupted at the brewery is covering 600 square meters.

A sharp smell of ammonia has spread across Donetsk, according to a TASS reporter. Inhaling of that toxic substance can cause heavy poisoning.

The Emergency Situations Ministry warned the residents to take measures to make their apartments and houses more air-tight and breathe through gauze and cotton masks soaked in 5-percent solution of citric or acetic acid.

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