Last night (14 September), a chemical spill was reported to have taken place, which led to the evacuation of 5 houses in Kampung Baru Sri Aman, while 2 women were rushed to hospitals.
According to The Star, the Johor Fire and Rescue Department hazardous materials Unit Chief Saiful Bahri Safar said his department received a distress call at around 10.22 p.m. yesterday (14 September) and the team arrived some 15 minutes later.
“The two victims, in their 20s and 40s, were sent to Sultan Ismail Hospital and Sultanah Aminah Hospital by Emergency Medical Response Services (EMRS) due to breathing difficulties.” he said
“We have done detection, isolation and damping in the river and found that there was a chemical spill in the creek area.” he said, while conducting the operation at the location.
Meanwhile, Saiful Bahri said the initial tests found a chemical, suspected to be methyl alcohol, at concentrations of 120 ppm (parts per million).
As the foul smell sparked, he said his department has directed villagers from 5 houses located some 150m away from the river to vacate their houses and move to a public hall.
“For now, we are trying to control this area and are continuing to track the source of this spill.” he added.
He said that 24 firemen and 5 fire engines from the Kempas, Larkin and Johor Jaya fire stations were deployed to the scene.
As of 2.30 a.m. Wednesday (15 September), they department are still tracking the source of the spill and they have requested assistance from the Environment Department (DoE) and Melaka hazardous materials unit.