12 paper mill employees ill after gas leak

Rayagada: At least 12 employees of a private paper mill were taken ill when they came in contact with chlorine gas that suddenly leaked from the factory in Rayagada district today, police said.

With complaints of suffocation and burning sensation in the eyes, the affected persons were given medical treatment in the factory premises near here, the police said.

The condition of all the affected employees is normal, the police said.

Efforts were on to ascertain the circumstances under which the gas leaked, they said.