Chlorine gas leak at Khuzestan plant sickens 70 in Iran

Workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province shown in hospital. (Supplied)

Dozens of workers at a petrochemical center in southwest Iran were taken to the hospital on Saturday following a chlorine gas leak, according to state media.

The chlorine gas leak occurred at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The chlorine leak sickened 70 workers, according to IRNA.

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A video received by Al Arabiya showed workers receiving treatment at a hospital. The workers are heard and seen coughing in the video. Coughing and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms of exposure to chlorine.

Another video received by Al Arabiya captured the chlorine gas leak. The video showed a yellow gas in the air at the petrochemical center. Chlorine gas appears to be yellow-green in color.

Earlier on Saturday, a power plant in the city of Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan, caught fire when a transformer exploded, IRNA said.

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