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Villagers flee homes due to ammonia leak

ZAMBOANGA CITY – About 500 people, most of them children, moved out of their houses after the ammonia main pipe of a canning factory leaked shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday.

Jose Abiera Repusala, machine operator at Universal Canning factory, said that the leak happened when he was about to close the ammonia machine about 1:15 a.m..

Village officials of Ayala where the factory is located immediately evacuated the people living within 1-kilometer radius and brought them to the village’s covered court for their safety.

The ammonia leak occurred at cannery 2 building of the factory and the odor reached as far as 2.5 kilometers away from the canning site.

No one was hospitalized due to the incident. (Nonoy E. Lacson)