Left Menu
Development News Edition

Avert Beirut-like explosion in Chennai harbour: PMK chief

Apparently referring to media reports, the PMK leader said in another tweet, "The news that 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate explosive material have been stored in a warehouse near the Chennai port for five years is very shocking.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 06-08-2020 15:02 IST | Created: 06-08-2020 15:02 IST
Avert Beirut-like explosion in Chennai harbour: PMK chief

Chennai, Aug 6 (PTI): PMK founder S Ramadoss on Thursday urged the government to take immediate steps to safely dispose of 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate reportedly stocked in Chennai harbour for years, saying a possible Beirut-like incident should be avoided. Expressing concern over the reported huge quantity of seized ammonium nitrate kept in containers at a freight station here since 2015, he said the uncleared explosive substance could turn out to be a potential risk and that it should be safely disposed of and utilised for purpose like composting.

"There is a risk of a similar explosion due to ammonium nitrate in the Chennai warehouse. To prevent this, the ammonium nitrate explosive substance in the warehouse should be safely disposed of and used for other purposes such as composting," he said in a tweet. Tuesday's explosion in Lebanon's port city of Beirut killed 135 people and injured about 4,000.

Buildings were damaged for miles around the city after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilisers, stored at the facility for six years, reportedly caused the explosion. Apparently referring to media reports, the PMK leader said in another tweet, "The news that 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate explosive material have been stored in a warehouse near the Chennai port for five years is very shocking. This chemical substance is the cause of the biggest explosion in Lebanon!" Reports in a section of the media claimed the ammonium nitrate stored in 37 containers in the city was imported by a Karur-based firm and seized by Customs officials as the chemical was brought without obtaining the required licence and permission in 2015.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

SleepX Urges you to Beware of Who you Let into your Bed with its Latest #NotInMyBed Campaign

Targeted at millennials, the campaign creates awareness around the need for hygiene in mattresses New Delhi, Delhi, India NewsVoir SleepX, the e-commerce brand from Sheela Foam Ltd. makers of the Flagship brand Sleepwell has announced the ...

Over 1,300 posts vacant in CBI: Govt

Over 1,300 posts are lying vacant in the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI against its total sanctioned strength of 7,273, the government told Parliament on Monday. Of the sanctioned strength, 5,944 posts are filled and 1,329 vacant in th...

Pashtuns protest against state sponsored "good Taliban" and target killings

A large number of Pashtuns joined a protest rally in Wana in South Waziristan to condemn the ongoing unrest, target killings and regrouping of terrorists in Pakistans Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday. The rally was joined by Pashtun Ta...

Minimum Support Price and APMC mechanism will continue; Opposition spreading false propaganda: Tomar.

Minimum Support Price and APMC mechanism will continue Opposition spreading false propaganda Tomar....

Give Feedback