Students, staff evacuated after chemical leak at SMK Mukah lab

MIRI: Students and staff of SMK Mukah in central Sarawak were evacuated after toxic chemicals leaked from their containers at the school’s laboratory Tuesday.

In the 10am incident, the students and staff were moved out of the classrooms to a safe place until the school was decontaminated and declared safe at about noon.

Personnel from the Hazardous Material Emergency Response Unit (Hazmat) of the Mukah Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the school after receiving a report.

They found that among the chemicals that had leaked were hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and diethyl ether, all highly corrosive and flammable.

The Hazmat team sealed off the laboratory and the decontamination process took about two hours.

The laboratory was also hosed down with jets of water.

Officer-in-charge Zulkhairani Ramli said the school was declared “cleansed” at about noon.

Source: The Star

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