Fears of a repeat of the “Beirut disaster” scenario … an Indian port declares its alert

Selava Omar – – “Agencies”

Indian local authorities said Friday that there are about 700 tons of ammonium nitrate, which caused the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, stored in a port in the country since 2015.

The Indian authorities ordered the inventory of dangerous materials stored in the ports of the country, which has a population of 1.3 billion people, following the tragedy that occurred in the Lebanese capital, which left at least 154 dead and 5 thousand injured and displaced hundreds of thousands.

And the authorities revealed the presence of 690 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu (south), and this shipment is found in 37 containers imported by an Indian company from Korea in 2015, but it was seized by the customs authorities at the port.

For their part, the local customs authorities confirmed that the situation does not represent a danger, and that work is underway to sell the hazardous material at an auction to get rid of it.

Experts say that the risk of this substance exploding is limited provided that safety guidelines are respected, and its combustion requires a high temperature of slightly higher than 200 degrees.

India witnesses frequent industrial accidents, the most recent of which was a gas leak at a plant in the south of the country in May, which killed 15 people.

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