Industry Ministry confident no chemical contamination around Map Ta Phut

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RAYONG, 6 May 2012  – The Industry Ministry is confident that the fire incident in Map Ta Phut has left no trace of chemical contamination that may harm Rayong residents. 

Industry Minister M.R. Phongsawat Svastiwat said on Sunday that the total deaths from the fire accident at a tire factory in Map Ta Phut on Saturday stood at 12.

He added that 105 have been injured, 25 of whom are receiving medical attention and 3 are still in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

M.R. Phongsawat said that the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand has promptly set up a special team to inspect any case of chemical contamination and leakage.

The Industry Minister also assured that the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate has one of the best safety systems in Asia and that the public should remain calm and have no worry about the impact from the incident.

He added that the rehabilitation of all who have been affected by the incident will be responsible by the company, which owns the blasted factory.

M.R. Phongsawat said he is confident that there is no chemical contamination around the factory area, while suggesting that those who have been evacuated will be allowed back home by Sunday.