• Hundreds of Cocoa-Coal bottling plant workers in Zamboanga City were evacuated due to ammonia leak
• A worker was rushed to a hospital due to inhalation of ammonia
• Responding firefighters were able to immediately contain the leak
Hundreds of workers at the Coca-Cola FEMSA bottling plant in Zamboanga City were evacuated due to ammonia gas leak early Friday morning, August 18.
According to the Inquirer, Elmer Apolinario, an officer of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said a canister containing ammonia leaked around 8:00 in the morning.
A worker has to be rushed to a hospital due to the incident.
Apolinario said 54-year-old Sergio Ventura had to be rushed to a hospital after suffering from breathing difficulty due to inhalation of ammonia. The worker also suffered chest pains, elevated blood pressure, eye irritation and redness due to exposure to the gas.
Responding firefighters were able to immediately contain the leak, Fire Chief Inspector Clint Cha of the Bureau of Fire in Zamboanga said. An investigation into the cause of the leak is being conducted.