Two employees of a Navotas ice plant were killed and at least 100 others were injured in the wake of an ammonia leak from one of the rusty pipes.
Ammonia is a toxic gas used in refrigeration systems associated with the ice-making process, which is hazardous to one’s health if inhaled in large amounts.
The accident, which probers classified as industrial in nature, occurred last week in the T.P. Marcelo Ice Plant & Cold Storage reportedly owned by the mother of Navotas Mayor Tobias Tiangco.
Navotas City is the site of the Philippines’ largest fish port.
Many of those hospitalized after being exposed to pungent ammonia fumes complained of eye and skin irritation, difficulty in breathing, as well as other minor illnesses.
City officials were constrained to evacuate some 3,000 families living in the area to avoid any complications, but were permitted to return home after the ammonia leak was stabilized.
Tiangco said the company running the operations of the ice plant would be responsible for all expenses related to the unfortunate accident.