Texan Chemical Plant explodes, casualties reported
Aug 31, Washington DC: Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas has confirmed that two explosions have occurred at the site.
According to eyewitnesses, casualties have been reported and people have been taken to the hospital.Ahead of the explosions, one police officer who was helping secure the site was taken to hospital after inhaling fumes, while others admitted themselves to hospital as a precaution.
In a statement, the company said: "At approximately 2am CDT [07:00 GMT], we were notified by the Harris County Emergency
Operations Center of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc plant in Crosby, Texas.
"Local officials had previously established an evacuation zone in an area 1.5 miles from our plant, based on their assessment of the situation."We want local residents to be aware that product is stored in multiple locations on the site, and a threat of additional explosion remains. Please do not return to the area within the evacuation zone until local emergency response authorities announce it is safe to do so."
US energy supplies have been hit, as oil companies shut down refineries and a major pipeline in the Houston area.
Firefighters will begin a door-to-door search of badly flooded areas of Houston on Thursday, to rescue survivors who are still stranded and recover the bodies of those who have died."We'll be doing block-by-block, door-by-door search of streets... to make sure there are no people we've left behind," Richard Mann, the city's assistant fire chief, was quoted as saying by the Houston Chronicle newspaper.
"This will be a one- to two-week-long process to make sure we address all those areas that have been... most impacted."
Over 33 people have been killed in the aftermath of the flood.
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