ISLAMABAD: At least 35 people, including children, were left unconscious on Wednesday after ammonia gas leaked from an ice factory in Sargodha district.
Private TV channels quoted police as saying that several workers of the ice factory and people living in the neighbouring houses got affected after the gas leaked from the factory in Bhalwal area of the Punjab district.
Following the incident, an emergency was declared in the area where police and rescue teams launched a search operation in the neighbouring locality and rescued people who had fallen unconscious at their homes.
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All the affected people, including a majority of children, were shifted to different hospitals.
The strong gas leakage created panic and forced a number of people to run away to other areas in a bid to avoid the gas effects.
Police announced registering a case under the charges of criminal negligence after completing an investigation into the incident.
Earlier in March, a woman was killed and several others fell unconscious after ammonia gas leaked from an ice factory in Toba Tek Singh district of Punjab.